Randolph – the 2nd Ship

A sketch of the Randolph done by James Edward Fitzgerald from the deck of the Charlotte Jane as they left England for Canterbury on the 6th September 1850. Boy, James could draw!!!

During its journey, it had the company of 2 ships, one being the Sir George Seymour where Cyrus Davie was transferred over as he had missed the Randolph leaving. As his luggage was on the Randolph, I’m sure he was glad to change ships! The other was a French barque full of entertainers, who joined the passengers on the Randolph for dinner and also performed opera for them. The following evening some of the settlers joined the entertainers on their barque and stayed for dinner!

Around early November, the fast actions of the Captain, a few of the crew and even some passengers successfully squashed a mutiny. There were 5 deaths and 9 births aboard.

The Randolph was destined to never see England again as she was wrecked on a reef at Mapon on the 25th June 1851, 21 Adults and 3 children died in the wreck.

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