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The ship upon which Henry John Keenan and Nancy Jane Keenan (nee Gamble) travelled to Australia.

Updated 11/1/2007


Henry John Keenan (1840 - 1889) and  Nancy Jane Keenan (nee Gamble) (1844 - 1926) married on 1 October 1863 and migrated from Northern Ireland to Australia aboard a sailing ship (Clipper) called "The Prince Consort".


The ship, the trip and the conditions are described and illustrated in detail in a book entitled "Tall Ships on the River: Prince Consort 1864 and Other Voyages" by Kay Gassan and Judith Grimes [1994]; [100pages]; [ISBN: 0 646 18811 9].  This fascinating book also contains photographs, illustrations, extracts from diaries and family histories of some of those on board.


Enquires to either Kay F Glassan, P O Box 988, Maryborough, 4650, Queensland, Australia, or Judith A Grimes, P O Box 40, Nanango, 4615, Queensland, Australia.





Extracts from the book:


"The Prince Consort was built in Quebec, Canada, in 1859 by John Nesbitt.  She was a three-masted wooden ship of 1,235 tons measuring 197.5 feet in length, 36.6 feet wide and 22.3 feet deep."


"(The ship) left East India Docks, London, on 13/12/1863."


"The ship arrived in Hervey Bay (Queensland) on Tuesday 22nd (March 1864) where it hove to in 25 fathoms of water ... The ship 'beat about by the bay' until Wednesday 30 March (1864)."

Front cover

From Page 68

More extracts from this book will be published here when time permits.


The impending departure of the ship "Prince Consort" from London to Queensland on 12 December 1863 was advertised in the "Belfast News-Letter" on 21 November 1863 and the 5 December 1863.  The ship was owned by the Black Ball and Eagle Line.  Below is a copy of the advertisement that appeared on 5 December 1863:

Source: The British Newspaper Archive.



Sketch of "The Prince Consort"   Migrant Ships Arriving In Queensland 1837-1915 List of Ships Arriving at the Port of Maryborough 1863 - 1900
Maryborough Family Heritage Institute Note: The book mentioned above may be purchased through contacts on this site.
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