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.

London: Richard Phillips and Co., 1823.

Octavo, aquatint plate 'Ruins of the Theatre of Taormina', uncut, bound in plain paper boards.

On a convict ship to Tasmania and NSW

First and 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.

First and 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 her to transport troops there, but he was again unlucky when the Lady Castlereagh was wrecked off India. He reached England in 1821.
Although not noted on the title-page, the second half of the book is the Count de Forbin's "Recollections of Sicily" with an engraved view of Taormina; the two were published together in the series "Modern Voyages and Travels".

Ferguson, 901.

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