This photograph, taken in 1905,  is of a 60-year-old ship named Emigrant as it lay in the mouth of the River Avon near Bristol.  The photograph is held in the small picture file of the Mitchell Library in Sydney.  It bears the notation "Accession 2848. Bequeathed by Captain L.C.Bolton, July 1973". The 367 ton Emigrant seen here, built in Bremen in 1846 and rebuilt in 1877, is unlikely to be the same Emigrant of 753 tons, built in New Brunswick in 1845, that sailed to Moreton Bay in 1850. 
The last voyage to Australia of the Emigrant of Moreton Bay fame,  was to Port Adelaide in South Australia where it anchored on 23 October 1854. This ship Emigrant was registered in Liverpool, England.   In the Liverpool Shipping Register held by the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the final entry for the Emigrant is "Sold to Foreigners 1854".    No details of the sale are recorded in the Register.

A seaman on the 1850 voyage of the Emigrant, James Hall, married one of the ship's passengers, Mary Ann Mahoney. They were married in Brisbane in March 1851, both being 20 years of age. James Hall built a ship's model which may well have been inspired by the barque Emigrant. A photograph of James Hall and of the model he built can be seen by scrolling down.


James Hall. Seaman on the barque Emigrant.
Photo provided by James Fenwick,


Ship's model built by James Hall
Photo by James Fenwick

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