The journey of The INDIA (barque)
to Australia in 1840

She departed Greenoch and the Clyde (Scotland) with Captain Hugh Campbell
and at least 94 passengers
bound for Adelaide,
Port Phillip and Sydney.

The INDIA arrived at Port Adelaide
on February 23, 1840

During the voyage The Rajasthan spoke with the 'India' at latitude 2degrees north, longitude 24degrees west. All well.

The following was published in the South Australian Register, February 1840.
February 23 - The barque INDIA, 493 tons, Hugh Campbell, commander, from Greenock, having left on 5 October, by way of Cork and Porto Prio, with a cargo of sundries.
Passengers to Adelaide -- Mr and Mrs Murray and two children, Miss Murray, Mr and Mrs Craig and family,
and thirteen in the steerage. For FULL LIST of those who disembarked at Adelaide - CLICK HERE

Passengers for Port Phillip and Sydney---Rev Mr Love, his lady and family, Mr and Mrs Gardner, Mr and Mrs Scott and family, Mr and Mrs Mackay and family, Mr and Mrs Scott, Misses Stewart, Julia Campbell, Flora Campbell, Messrs Robert Neill, James Campbell, Godfrey McNeill, N Hill, John Crowe, E. and O. Oliphant, A S Robertson, William McCarthur, Joseph Gillespie, Robert Fitzgerald, Colin Campbell, William Lochhead, J C Gilmore, Thomas Annersley, Thomas Darchy, John Dickson, Robert Wigmore, George and Robert Bell, and a number in the steerage.

120 Gallons Brandy
50 Gallons Gin
40 Gallons Whiskey
80 Gallons Rum
6 Quarter Casks Wine
8 Tobacco
56 Boxes and casks of sundries
3 Bales Merchandise
24 Wheels
11 Cases Sundries
6 Cases & 1 packet of sundries
2 Cases 2 Carts
23 Cases & 1 cask sundries
2 Bales & 2 Boxes merchandise
4 Trunks merchandise
25 Firkins 8 Boxes Sundries

2 Bales 7 Pipes Sundries
3 Crates Sundries
200 Deals
4 Boxes Pipes
20 Pots Earthenware
45 Casks Provisions
150 Bags Salt
50 Firkins Butter
60 Bundles Iron
1 Pkg chairs
8 Pkgs ironmongery
1 Cask Whiskey

3 Half puns hams
72 Pkgs sundries
1 Pun ham
1 Pun Ham
30 Boxes Raisins
2 Quarter casks wine
22 Casks wine
50 Boxes dried herrings
50 Boxes hams
2 Casks salmon
34 Sundries
74 Pkgs sundries
1 Box merchandise

The INDIA's agents in Port Adelaide, Murray, Greig, and Co. placed the following two advertisements in the South Australian Register on 28 February 1840. Ex INDIA - On sale by the undersigned- Several trunks of very superior ladies and gentlemen's boots and shoes, 25 crates and 3 pipes of superior china and earthenware, a choice assortment of summer clothing, blue jackets and trowsers, &c., a large and splendid variety of silk, satin, and wrought goods of every description and newest fashions, which will be particularised in future advertisements; also bales of bleached canvas, linen and cotton tick, white duck, dowlas, diapers, twilled linen sheeting, brown linen boiland, fancy prints, striped and checked ginghams, & c., an invoice of toys, stationery, consisting of wrapping paper, writing paper, memorandum and other books. 200 Gross of tobacco pipes. - Murray, Greig, and Co.

On sale by the undersigned - a large quantity of batten deals and battens, cut and uncut; new catineal, Lochfine herrings, Cork and Hamburg butter, split peas, pot barley, Westphalia hams, beef in tierces, pork in barrels, patent salt, gunpowder, fine Manilla sugar, rum, Oeneva, negrohead tobacco, champagne, sherry in wood and bottle, bottled stout, Manilla cigars, ship's bread, a copper boiler and furnace; also two rams and two ewes in lamb of the Leicester breed. - Murray, Greig, and Co.

An Irish Immigrant, Robert Bell, travelling in the intermediate cabin kept a journal of the voyage. The precis has by necessity included only general facts of the voyage and details of a few highlights and events experienced. The full journal is very well written and contains details of daily life on board the ship. JOURNAL OF ROBERT BELL

INDIA - Lost at Sea 1841
The barque INDIA sailed from Greenock Scotland on June 4th 1841 carrying 193 bounty immigrants and crew bound for the Australian colony of Port Phillip. On the 19th July, six weeks into the voyage and being some 200 miles from land and 1200 miles from Rio de Janeiro, the ship caught fire and sank. 17 Souls perished in the disaster with the remainder being rescued by the crew of the ROLAND - a French whaling vessel.

The survivors were conveyed to Rio de Janeiro where the British Government hired another ship the GRINDLAY to transport them to Port Phillip where they arrived on October 22, some four and a half months after leaving Scotland. Newspaper reports of the day provided a graphic description of the tragedy and the miraculous rescue of almost all those on board the INDIA.

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