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PeteB
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Australia
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Posted - 05/10/2020 :  03:54:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm trying to find some information on a ship called the Mississippi which arrived in Australia March 7th, 1854 from London.

It has been described in newspapers of the time as a Norwegian ship.

Here is one of the descriptions I've found of it:

"Mississippi, barque, from London. 31 passengers"

I believe my great-great grandfather was onboard, so any information you could provide would be much appreciated esp crew lists.

AntonH
Norway Heritage Veteran

USA
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Posted - 05/10/2020 :  20:23:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The two listed on this site are not that old.

http://www.norwayheritage.com/p_ships.asp?Ship=mississippi&Submit=Submit
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AntonH
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USA
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Posted - 05/10/2020 :  20:28:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
From the Passenger List of the arrival of the Mississippi

Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839-1923

Arrival Date: Mar 1854
Arrival Port: Port Phillip Bay, Australia
Departure Port: London
Ship: Mississippi


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Edited by - AntonH on 05/10/2020 20:29:30
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PeteB
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Australia
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Posted - 06/10/2020 :  01:13:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks so much for the information. That is definitely the ship I'm interested in.

My great great grandfather was a member of the crew who I've been told may have jumped ship in Australia. I couldn't find any crew listings for the ship.

Does such a thing exist?

Also would love some more information about the ship or photos.

Thanks again for the help
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AntonH
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USA
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Posted - 06/10/2020 :  02:47:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have not found a crew list but this list does exist on Ancestry.com.

"All Victoria, Australia, Deserter, Discharged, and Prisoner Crew Lists, 1852-1925 Results"

It can be searched by name of the person or ship. For the ship named Mississippi the only name that does up for 1854 is.

Carl Agricola
in the Victoria, Australia, Deserter, Discharged, and Prisoner Crew Lists, 1852-1925
Name: Carl Agricola
Ship: Mississippi
Conviction Date: 9 May 1854
Prison: Pentridge
Prison Location: Coburg, Victoria, Australia
Record Type: Prisoner

Edited by - AntonH on 06/10/2020 02:49:27
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PeteB
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Australia
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Posted - 06/10/2020 :  04:53:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Lyndal.

I saw that one. When I went to the images I see that is for a "Register of Seamen held at Pentridge Prison". I'm assuming my Great Great Grandfather was never caught as he changed his name to George Brown and moved to Bendigo area.

There is another list "1852-1925 Deserters from Geelong " but it only starts in 1857, so it's a bit too late. The first image says it's volume 3, so I expect the earlier information hasn't been digitised. I can go to the Victorian State Library to see the microfilm when our coronavirus restrictions are over.

But a crew list would be awesome as well. If my Great great grandfather was indeed crew, then it might shed some light on his origin which I believe may be Estonia.

I still can't find anything about the ship either unfortunately, so drawing some blanks at the moment. :(
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malcolmbaker
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Australia
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Posted - 07/06/2023 :  05:59:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Pete...he was a painter and rigger....we are related
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jkmarler
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USA
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Posted - 07/06/2023 :  12:41:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PeteB

I'm trying to find some information on a ship called the Mississippi which arrived in Australia March 7th, 1854 from London.

It has been described in newspapers of the time as a Norwegian ship.

Here is one of the descriptions I've found of it:

"Mississippi, barque, from London. 31 passengers"

I believe my great-great grandfather was onboard, so any information you could provide would be much appreciated esp crew lists.



Later in 1854 the Mississippi commanded by Henrici is characterized as a "Bremen" ship.

OCR read corrected:
under a byline of Singapore in the Sydney Morning Herald Saturday 9 Sept 1854 page 2 col 3
Captain Henrici of the Bremen ship Mississippi, reports having
seen, on Saturday 29th July, a barque (supposed to be English),
about 450 tons, on the Four Brothers Reef..."

At least two other ships named Mississippi are mentioned in newspapers in 1854 in Australia. A barque so named coming from London on 30 Oct 1853 arriving in Melbourne in March 1854 with 18 passengers and a US steam war ship so named arriving in Japan and dispatching 40 men to help protect interests.
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