Gosforth (ship)

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The Gosforth was a timber ship, registered as 810 tons[1] and launched in 1856 for passenger transport between England and East India.[2] Gosforth was built by T. and W. Smith Shipbuilders,[3] later to become Smiths Dock Company, in North Shields,[2] England. At the time of launch, Gosforth was described as an East Indiaman,[2] though was subsequently termed "frigate-built".[4]

Gosforth was chartered for at least one voyage to take new settlers to Adelaide in the colony of South Australia.[5][1] Gosforth departed Plymouth on 3 October 1865 captained by H.P.W. Wight and arrived in Port Adelaide on 26 December 1865 with 388 people on board.[1] Over half of the new settlers emigrated from Cornwall[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Arrival of the Gosforth, with Government Immigrants". The South Australian Register. p. 3. Retrieved 31 Mar 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Newcastle Departure". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2 Dec 1856. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Shipping". The South Australian Register. 8 March 1866. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ship Advertisements". The Sydney Morning Herald. 21 Feb 1866. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Emigration". The Sydney Morning Herald. 16 Oct 1865. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Ships List". Retrieved 31 May 2014.