Peru and then Wales
On 22nd February 1864, ‘Atossa’ had arrived in Callao, Peru.
Callao has one of the few good natural harbours along the Pacific coast of South America. Located south of the Rímac River, the anchorage is protected by the large offshore island of San Lorenzo and by a long promontory.
Imports passing through Callao included manufactured goods, coal, railway material, machinery, wheat, flour, rice, and timber. Exports included sugar, ores, wool, cotton, coffee, cotton seed, oil cakes, and chemicals.
M. M. Murray, the British Vice Consul in Callao, took possession of the Ships Agreement on 23rd February 1864 and before he returned it on 5th April 1864 had added two endorsements to it.
The first read “I hereby certify that the within named M. Smart (Mate) has been discharged at this port by mutual consent, that a certificate of discharge with his effects has been delivered to him and that the balance of wages due = £3 12s 9d = $19.84 currency has been paid to him.” The Agreement shows that this discharge took place on 1st March 1864.
The second, dated 20th March 1864, read “I hereby certify that the within named John Michael has been engaged with my sanction and has signed this agreement in my presence.” Michael joined the ship ‘at once’ and was paid £2 10s 0d per calendar month in the rank of Able Seaman. He signed on by making his mark (X) in the Agreement. He had been discharged from his previous ship in Callao on 29th February 1864.
‘Atossa’ left Callao on or soon after 5th April 1864. The Master, Philip Williams, sailed with Magnus White, Thomas Stewart, Thon Barands, Cornelius McKeegan, George Robinson, Peter Low, Patrick Husman, William Sherill, John Clark, Andrew Murphy, John Forbes, John George Blacklock, Benjamin Bailes, Richard Tomlin, John Gravener and John Michael. The Agreement does not show who was employed as Mate and Cook.
‘Atossa’ had arrived in Swansea, Wales by 7th July 1864. The Ships Agreement showed that all the crew were discharged on that date. The Master, Williams was shown to continue with the ship.
In the early 1860’s the port of Swansea dealt with ships transporting coal from the Welsh mines to Chile. The South Dock, which opened in 1859, was the main coal exporting facility. The older North Dock, opened in 1851, received imported copper ore from Chile.
River Tawe
River Tawe, Swansea
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The Construction of Atossa Swansea to Valparaiso and return 1873 James Grevett
The Shipbuilding Thompson Family The 1874 and 1875 Voyages The Caribbean 1889
The Mercantile Navy List 1864 A Change of Master 1876 Grevett as Master
The First Master and Crew New Owner and New Ports 1877 The 1890/1891 Survey
Dover to Valparaiso 1863-1864 Sugar and Onboard Offences The Final Voyage
Peru and Wales Demerara and London 1878-1879 Places Index
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Clements becomes Master South Africa and India 1881-1882 Surnames Index
Official Log Entries 1866-1867 The Robinson Family Ships Index
Return to Chile 1867 Ceylon and New York 1882-1883 Map of Chile
Chile Again 1868-1869 Brazil and India 1883-1884 Sources
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