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Crew contract and accounts for the last voyage of the 'Surat' 1873 which ended in the ship grounding off the Catlins on New Years Day 1874. The document was supplied by Ed Heseltine, descendant of and researching his namesake in the list below. Since the ship was lost off our southern coast many of these people may have remained in New Zealand, or have been living here already. The names of the crew were :-

JOHNSON, Edward Joseph FORSHAW, Abram HESELTINE, Edie LODGE, George ARCUS, John FOX, Richard HOYTES, John KELLY, Charles WILKINSON, George HOLDER, William NAUMANN, F G JOHNSON, John ELSANDER, A F WILSON, James PHILLIPS, Nathan EVANS, Laurence KILLEN, James GREGORY, I T MORRIS, William HUME, George GRAINGER, William DONN, Robert PICTON, John DAN???RY, Thos BROWN, James JOHNS, Thos CATSTREE, Henry James BRIDGES, Walter STEVENS, Harry PYLE, Thomas HELSHAM, Edward MOORE, John MOURNEY, James JONES, Richard TIGHE, Thos I MERSEY, David and one other signature of which I cannot make out a single letter. The crew signed on between 20 and 27 September 1873 and the ship was lost after grounding off the Catlin Coast in Southland, New Zealand on 1 January 1874. Attached to the aforementioned crew contract and accounts is a schedule of births, marriages and deaths occuring during the voyage. Births Dec 24 1873 unnamed daughter to Thomas BROWN (farm labourer) and Elizabeth Dec 28 1873 unnamed son to Ephram ELLIS (weaver) and Christiana. sadly, neither survived Deaths Oct 22 1873 Amy Elizabeth HORNE age 4/12 daughter of William HORNE and Amelia, of diarrhorea Dec 25 1873 (none) BROWN age 12 hours daughter of Thomas BROWN and Elizabeth, of convultions Dec 28 1873 (none) ELLIS age 24 hours son of Ephram ELLIS and Christiana, of convulsions There were no marriages recorded on the voyage.
Many Thanks to Graham Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand)


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