The “David Malcolm” Emigrant Ship.
At early dawn on Thursday morning this fine barque with 250 emigrants on board made her appearance in the Gulf and
was so soon abreast of the
In town before the usual time of opening the Post Office. We are happy to learn that the
Few casualties on the passage were as usual among the young children, and the deaths, as often heretofore, were
counterbalanced by the number of births on board. A Seaman who was washed overboard in a gale of wind, was the only
adult lost during the voyage.
The emigrants were chiefly
from Huntingdonshire, Wiltshire, Devon and
a most useful selection of industrious servants. Their
Names and other particulars will be found duly recorded in our arrival column.
The David Malcolm having taken her final departure from
in ninety three days. As another emigrantShip was to be dispatched in January, our fears of any suspension of emigration may
be given to the winds, so long as we have a full exchequer, or the means of replenishing it by productive land sales. We have
been assured that the
disastrous failures in
brighter prospects; and that the effects of disaster are not likely to prejudice this colony. Two cargo and passenger ships the
Hindoo and the Enmore, having sailed before the David Malcolm left, may be hourly expected; and other vessels mentioned in
our shipping intelligence may also be looked for soon.
Extract from The
Police Court, Wednesday 29th March 1848
Henry Allen, cook, was charged with being absent without leave from the David Malcolm. Jacob Williamson, master of the vessel,
stated that the prisoner had not leave of absence, and had been almost continually absent from the ship since her arrival. Defendant
said he was charged with stealing some articles by the third mate, and he had come ashore for the purpose of bringing the captain
and mate to account.His Worship-With that I have nothing to do. You have left your ship without leave.
Captain Williamson said he had lost six men since the vessels arrival, and he understood it was the prisoners intention to desert her.
His Worship said that the masters and owners were put at great loss and inconvenience by their crews leaving their vessels,
and so far as he could he would put a stop to it. He would send him to gaol for a month.