Manifest of the English Bark Selma ... arrived from Adelaide, Australia.

Manifest of the English Bark Selma ... arrived from Adelaide, Australia.
Manifest of the English Bark Selma ... arrived from Adelaide, Australia.

Papeete: 24 February 1854.

French manuscript, single leaf 212 mm x 273 mm.

A handsome provisioning: from Adelaide to Tahiti

A ship's manifest for the barque Selma of Adelaide, including Cognac, beer, Bordeaux, sherry and salted pork, as well as a sizable cargo, inall, calculated at 62,500 francs signed by the French merchants in Tahiti.

A ship's manifest for the barque Selma of Adelaide, including Cognac, beer, Bordeaux, sherry and salted pork, as well as a sizable cargo, inall, calculated at 62,500 francs signed by the French merchants in Tahiti.

In November 1853, the Selma, "so well-known in the Adelaide trade... changed hands. Mr Samuel Argyle having become the purchaser for the purpose of working her on a trading voyage to Tahiti and the Polynesian Islands. Her Royal Highness the Princess Tusana [sic] of Tahiti, we believe returns by this vessel" [The Argus 16 November 1853].

This prosperous trade was forestalled a year after the provisioning noted in this manifest. In February 1855 the crew mutinied and Captain Pike gave over the barque to a French man-o-war to take to Tahiti. The Selma was recorded as wrecked off Tahiti in 1855.

An interesting document relating to the early days of commercial shipping between Australia and Tahiti.

Price (AUD): $900.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504006