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Author Veitch, Michael, 1962-

Title Hell Ship : the true story of the plague ship Ticonderoga, one of the most calamitous voyages in Australian history / Michael Veitch
Published Crows Nest, NSW, Australia : Allen & Unwin, 2018


Description 1 online resource
Contents Cover; Also By; Title page; Imprint page; Dedication; Contents; Prologue; 1: A lonely beach; 2: Birkenhead; 3: Wakefield and 'the Board'; 4: Australia 1851: Gold versus wool; 5: The Scots; 6: The age of the clippers; 7: The Ticonderoga; 8: Emigrants and numbers; 9: Departure; 10: Clearances and famine: The tragedy of the Highlands; 11: Life at sea; 12: Death at sea; 13: A lonely encounter; 14: The Great Circle; 15: Surgeons at sea; 16: The first cases; 17: Typhus takes hold; 18: The box with the dull pink ribbon; 19: The Southern Ocean; 20: Hell Ship; 21: Arrival; 22: Protecting the colony
23: A colonial crisis24: The Lysander; 25: Quarantine and outrage; 26: A Christmas escape; 27: A visit from the Governor; 28: The last journey; 29: The Maitland; 20: Life goes on; 31: The aftermath; Epilogue; Pic section; Acknowledgements; A note on sources; Notes; Bibliography
Summary For more than a century and a half, a grim tale has passed down through Michael Veitch's family: the story of the Ticonderoga, a clipper ship that sailed from Liverpool in August 1852, crammed with poor but hopeful emigrants-mostly Scottish victims of the Clearances and the potato famine. A better life, they believed, awaited them in Australia. Three months later, a ghost ship crept into Port Phillip Bay flying the dreaded yellow flag of contagion. On her horrific three-month voyage, deadly typhus had erupted, killing a quarter of Ticonderoga's passengers and leaving many more desperately ill. Sharks, it was said, had followed her passage as the victims were buried at sea. Panic struck Melbourne. Forbidden to dock at the gold-boom town, the ship was directed to a lonely beach on the far tip of the Mornington Peninsula, a place now called Ticonderoga Bay. James William Henry Veitch was the ship's assistant surgeon, on his first appointment at sea. Among the volunteers who helped him tend to the sick and dying was a young woman from the island of Mull, Annie Morrison. What happened between them on that terrible voyage is a testament to human resilience, and to love
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (OverDrive, viewed August 15, 2018)
Subject Ticonderoga (Clipper ship)
Ocean travel -- History -- 19th century
Immigrants -- Australia
Typhus fever.
Emigration and immigration
Ocean travel
Typhus fever
SUBJECT Australia -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 19th century
Subject Australia
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1760636649