SS Abergeldie (1869)

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Shipbuilder: Unknown

Build location: Aberdeen

Build year: 1869

Built for: S. J. Duthie

Voyages made


THE IMMIGRANT STEAMSHIP ABERGELDIE: The streamer of the Orient line, on her present trip to Sydney,because of her being the first immigrant steamship to enter Port Jackson. The Abergeldie is 315 feet in length, and the upper bridge commands a clear view of her from stem to stern. This bridge is fitted with one of Sir William Thompson's patent compasses. This is steered from the upper deck or from the bridge by steam power, and in the case of bad weather she can be steered from the upper deck by steam under shelter. Her forecastle is fitted with one of Hadfield's patent windlasses. The vessel came up to the Orient moorings in Neutral Bay from Watson's Bay yesterday afternoon, but none of the immigrants were allowed to come ashore, in consequence of the order that the clothes should be washed prior to their landing. It is expected.The quarters for the single men are in the fore part of the vessel, ranged in blocks running fore and aft on either side, and one block amidships. All the bunks are open, and are ranged side by side with the greatest economy of space, and the interstices between the " blocks" being taken up by the dining-tables. These are of the usual description, made to slide up out of the way when not required for use. In connection with these quarters are two baths and the usual offices. Amidships, ranged on either side of the vessel, are the married people's quarters. These consist of cabins placed fore and aft, the dining accommodation being provided by the sliding tables similar to the ones referred to above. The compartment is provided with a skylight, the single men's quarters being lighted by the companion way. For the comfort of the married people four baths are provided and a washhouse, &c. The single women are placed aft and have a washhouse situated under the turtle deck aft with hose laid on for bathing purposes. Their sleeping compartment is an exact counterpart of that of the single men's, the tables also being similarly placed. The several compartments are provided with washhouses and other conveniences. There are no saloon passengers, the saloon being occupied by the officers and doctor. On the port and starboard sides amidships are situated the dispensary, the store whence the rations are issued, the butcher's shop, the baker's shop, an the butcher's and baker's cabins;. See Trove: The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW 1842 -1954) Tue 5 Feb 1884.