Hell Ship

Hell Ship

The True Story of the Plague Ship Ticonderoga, One of the Most Calamitous Voyages in Australian History

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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.
Publisher: Crows Nest, NSW :, Allen & Unwin,, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2018.
ISBN: 9781760630843
Characteristics: 260 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), portraits, facsimiles ; 24 cm.

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LSS YPRL Family History Feb 04, 2019

Melbourne historian and writer Michael Veitch presents the story of his ancestor, an assistant surgeon for the ship "Ticonderoga" full of Scottish immigrants. A fateful disease hits the ship, this story becomes more than a tale of the author's ancestor but a forgotten episode in our Au... Read More »


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Melbourne historian and writer Michael Veitch presents the story of his ancestor, an assistant surgeon for the ship "Ticonderoga" full of Scottish immigrants. A fateful disease hits the ship, this story becomes more than a tale of the author's ancestor but a forgotten episode in our Australian history.

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