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TransTasman voyages of the Deborah 1847-8

The 14 Trans-Tasman Voyages of the brig Deborah under the Command of Captain Jeremiah Nagle.

 (6th June 1847- 12th September 1848)

 

 

Nagle was employed to command the Deborah brig as a regular trader between  Auckland and Sydney, New South Wales, calling when necessary at other places such as Great Barrier Island and along the east coast north of Auckland. On it, he did fourteen Tasman crossings between 6th June, 1847, when he first took command in Sydney, and 12th September, 1848 when he left the vessel, again in Sydney, - a period of a little over 15 months, ending eleven years to the day since the Deborah had been launched at Miramachi in eastern Canada, "at Raymond & Gregan's Shipyard by Mr Washington Raymond's little girl Deborah. The shipyard was at Kouchibouguac near the mouth of the river of the same name which flows into Northumberland Strait in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.... It was first registered at Miramichi 25/1839" (p80 'Wing of the Manukau'). From a book called "Ships of Kent County"  by Louise Manny (pg. 22) is the following information :-DEBORAH, Schooner, 130 tons, built Kouchibouguac 1839. Owned by Bliss, London, built of black birch, pitch pine. Classed for 4 years (Lloyds). This vessel, also described as a Brigantine, 115 tons n.m. was launched form Raymond & Gregan's shipyard,September 1839. She was built of larch or juniper, plankings of red pine, copper fastened. (Gleaner).
 

 


The vessel's first master was Joseph Cunard, whose brother Samuel Cunard of Halifax, built up the famous Cunard Line.
 
 Joseph Cunard
 
 
Auckland to Sydney by sea is approximately 1200 nautical miles. In the months before Nagle took command, the vessel had called into Nagle’s Cove from which he and his wife, his sister Alinia and brother-in-law Captain William Twohey had all gone, presumably children included, for a sail to the Bay of Islands and back with the majority-owner Captain Andrew Bliss, and his wife Louisa. Shortly after Andrew Bliss died suddenly in October, 1849, after returning from San Francisco in the Deborah, Nagle temporarily took command of it once more for about a month while it lay at the Circular Quay in Sydney. When another master, McCattie, was found, Nagle departed for California himself on the Gloucester, but by force of circumstance ended up on that ship calling into Auckland before carrying on to California.

 

When Nagle first took command of the Deborah, the vessel was already well-known around the New Zealand and Australian coasts since Captain Thomas Wing had first arrived with her to the Bay of Islands from London in 1840[i].   
 
 

Dep Ak                6/5/47    Auk = Auckland

Arr BoI                ?/5/47    BoI= Bay of Islands

Dep BoI            11/5/47     Syd= Sydney, NSW.

Arr Syd             30/5/47 

 

1     For more information on this voyage click Deborah Voyage 1

Dep Syd            26/6/47

Arr  Auk               7/7/47

 

2     For more information on this voyage click Deborah Voyage 2

Dep Auk             17/7/47 

Arr  Mah                        

Dep Mah                           Mah = Mahurangi River (source of timber/spars/rickers etc)

Arr Nag             24/7/47    Nag=Nagles Cove

Dep Nag            26/7/47   

Arr Syd              18/8/47 

   

3     For more information on this voyage click Deborah Voyage 3

Dep Syd               8/9/47

Arr Nag             23/9/47

Dep Nag            26/9/47

Arr  Auk              27/9/47         

 

4     For more information on this voyage click Deborah Voyage 4

Dep Auk             10/10/47* 

Arr Nag              10/10/47

Dep Nag             10/10/47

Arr BoI                ?/10/47   must have been there 10th to report dep of a schooner

Dep BoI              16/10/47

Arr Syd              29/10/47

 

5     For more information on this voyage click Deborah Voyage 5

Dep Syd              17/11/47

Arr Auk               30/11/47

 

6      For more information on this voyage click Deborah Voyage 6

Dep Auk                   8/12/47

Arr Nag                    9/12/47

Dep Nag                   9/12/47  nag = Nagles Cove, Great Barrier Island

Arr Syd                   21/12/47

 

7    For more information on this voyage click Deborah Voyage 7

Dep Syd                  18/01/48

Arr  Auk                    4/02/48

 

8    For more information on this voyage click Deborah Voyage 8

Dep Auk                  14/2/48 

Arr Kaw                   15/2/48  Kaw = Kawau Island near Auckland

Dep Kaw                  15/2/48 

Arr BoI                     18/2/48 

Dep BoI                    21/2/48 .

Arr Syd                        5/3/48

 

9      For more information on this voyage click Deborah Voyage 9

Dep Syd                    18/3/48

Arr  Auk                    29/3/48

 

10     For more information on this voyage click  Deborah Voyage 10

Dep Auk                    6/4/48

Arr Nag                     7/4/48      

Dep Nag                  14/4/48    

Arr Syd                      5/5/48

 

11   For more information on this voyage click Deborah Voyage 11

Dep Syd                    18/5/48

Arr Nag                    27/5/48     

Dep Nag                   28/5/48

Arr  Auk                   30/5/48

 

12   For more information on this voyage click Deborah Voyage 12

Dep Auk                  15/6/48

Arr Syd                      4/7/48

 

13   For more information on this voyage click Deborah voyage 13

Dep Syd                   24/7/48

Arr  Auk                    5/8/48

 

14   For more information on this voyage click Deborah Voyage 14

Dep Auk                 17/8/48

Arr Nag                   19/8/48    

Dep Nag                  20/8/48

Arr Syd                    12/9/48

 

Dep Syd                   25/9/48  Bliss master, Nagle stayed behind

Arr Nag                     check

Dep Nag                    check  

Arr Ak                      8/10/48

 

 


[i] ? Byrne ‘Wing of the Manukau’ p ??

 
 
                       Deborah                                                 Painting by W. Russell,
(original in Otago Settlers Museum)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Deborah anchored in Nagle Cove, Great Barrier Island, November, 1847.
Original sketch is in William Bambridge Journal p188 Alexander Turnbull Library. 
 
 
Photo taken in November 2005, just 158 years later. Copyright Don Armitage.