Narrative of a Voyage to India; of a Shipwreck on board the Lady Castlereagh; and a Description of New South Wales. W. B. CRAMP.
Narrative of a Voyage to India; of a Shipwreck on board the Lady Castlereagh; and a Description of New South Wales.
Narrative of a Voyage to India; of a Shipwreck on board the Lady Castlereagh; and a Description of New South Wales.

Narrative of a Voyage to India…
Narrative of a Voyage to India; of a Shipwreck on board the Lady Castlereagh; and a Description of New South Wales.

London: Sir Richard Phillips, 1823.

Octavo with an aquatint plate, old cloth.

Passage to India & New South Wales aboard a transport

The only edition of this description of a visit to New South Wales in 1818 and one of surprisingly few accounts of a voyage on a convict transport. Cramp explains that the 'scarcity of employment in England determined me again to try my fortune abroad'. He found a place on the convict transport Tottenham, which struck a reef shortly after leaving Woolwich, and then transferred to the Lady Castlereagh, which at 842 tons was the largest convict ship of its time.

The only edition of this description of a visit to New South Wales in 1818 and one of surprisingly few accounts of a voyage on a convict transport. Cramp explains that the 'scarcity of employment in England determined me again to try my fortune abroad'. He found a place on the convict transport Tottenham, which struck a reef shortly after leaving Woolwich, and then transferred to the Lady Castlereagh, which at 842 tons was the largest convict ship of its time.

Although the descriptions of the two Australian colonies are relatively brief, they are well written and give a good idea of Sydney, Newcastle and Hobart as they appeared to a visitor in the latter years of Macquarie's governorship. Cramp returned by way of India, since Macquarie had chartered the Lady Castlereagh to transport troops there, but he was again unlucky: he was shipwrecked off India. He eventually reached England in 1821.

Cramp's text is followed by Forbin's Recollections of Sicily with an engraved view of Taormina; the two were published together in the series Modern Voyages and Travels.

This is H.L. White's copy from the library at Belltrees.

Price (AUD): $725.00  other currencies Ref: #3301675

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