Sir George Seymour (1844 ship)
|Namesake:||Sir George Francis Seymour[Note 1]|
|Tons burthen:||580 (bm)|
On 4 November 1844 Sir George Seymour, John Young Clarke, master, set sail from England, bound for Van Diemen's Land, Australia; she arrived at Hobart on 27 February 1845. She had embarked 345 male convicts and she landed 175 at Port Phillip and 169 at Hobart; one convict died on the voyage.
In 1850 Sir George Seymour was one of the First Four Ships to carry emigrants from England to the new colony of Canterbury in New Zealand on behalf of the Canterbury Association. The other three ships were Cressy, Charlotte Jane, and Randolph.
Sir George Seymour left Plymouth Sound, England around 11am on Sunday, 8 September 1850, with about 227 passengers. She arrived in Lyttelton at 10am on Tuesday, 17 December 1850. The passengers aboard the first four ships were referred to as "The Pilgrims". Their names are inscribed on marble plaques in Cathedral Square in the centre of Christchurch.
- Richard James Strachan Harman (1826–1902), politician and businessman
- Henry Jacobs (1824–1901), first Dean of Christchurch
- Elizabeth Watts-Russell (1833–1905), community leader and wife of John Charles Watts-Russell
- John Charles Watts-Russell (1825–1875), politician and runholder
- Sir George Francis Seymour (1787–1870), was an Admiral who married Georgina Mary Berkeley, daughter of Admiral Sir George Cranfield Berkeley.
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