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SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE : COASTERS IN 1847.
BELLINGER CEDAR IN 1847
NORTHERN CEDAR.-On Monday last we noticed the arrival of some extraordinarily large logs of cedar, by the new schooner built at the Bellinger River for Mr. John Robertson, Market Wharf: Since then we have learnt that one-half the cargo (30,000 feet cedar) is the produce of only one tree, the parent of the immense logs first noticed. This interesting specimen of Bellinger produce yielded about 15,000 feet sawn timber, and realised in Sydney upwards of one hundred guineas. The purchase, we believe, has been made for the China market; and as the quality of this cedar is correspondent with its magnitude, it will tend, we trust, to increase the growing repute of Australian cedar with the Celestials.-S. M. Herald, August 19. 1847
THE SCHOONER . VIXEN. -We are happy to state that this vessel, which has for some
time past been given up by most persons as lost, arrived in the harbour in safely on
Tuesday evening. Captain Stevens informs us, that after leaving this port for Newcastle
on the 17th July, he experienced nothing but heavy gales from the westward, and was
driven to a distance of about four hundred miles off the land, which he did not make
again until the 7th ultimo, when be spoke the ketch Brothers, of Sydney, (being then
off the Bellinger River) in a very distressed state, but could render her no assistance, as
the gale had not abated. Captain Stevens then bore up for the Richmond River, and
from thence has brought on a full cargo of cedar.
The new schooner built at the Bellinger River for Mr. John Robertson, and which arrived in Sydney a few weeks since,
has been purchased by Captain Hovenden, of the schooner Harlequin, for the sum of £905. –
The Maitland Mercury… Saturday 1 July 1848, page 2. News 2766 words
A new three-masted schooner called the Helen arrived in Harbour on Wednesday
last, from the Bellinger River, having been built there by Mr. M’Donald, for Messrs.
Inder and Tebbutt, of Sydney. She is about 90 tons builder’s measurement, and her di-
mensions nr:- 73 feet over keel, 17 feet beam and 7 feet depth of hold. She has on board
45,000 feet cedar
The Maitland Mercury… Wednesday 26 July 1848, page 3.
The Phoenix, from the Clarence River,
was compelled to seek shelter at the Seal
Rocks on Saturday last, from the southerly
gale, and remained there twenty-four hours.
The schooner Secret, from Moreton Bay, and
the Jane Scott, from the Bellinger River,
were lying there wind-bound on Sunday
MURDERS BY THE BLACKS.- Intelligence was received yesterday, in Sydney, from the Bellinger River, dated the 17th inst. stating
that Daniel Devlin, His wife, and Dennis Cheyne, all living on John Robertson’s cedar cutting station, had been inhumanly murdered by the blacks. The same letter also states that a civilized black, who had been living for a considerable time with Commissioner Massie, had been decoyed away and murdered by the Maitland tribe on the M’Leay River. The white population of these districts are said to be out in pursuit of tbe savages. The particulars may be expected in Sydney in a few days. Mrs. Devlin has left a child nine months old. Her parents
reside at the Five Islands.-Herald, Mar. 30. 1846
The Star of China has made a fair passage of fourteen days from Auckland, notwithstanding she had experienced exceedingly
had weather along the coast. She was off the Bellinger River on the 23rd instant, having been driven out of her course by south-west
winds and strong northerly currents. On Friday last, she was compelled to seek shelter in Seal Rock Bay, where she remained about
thirty hours ; and on Sunday put into Port Stephens, from whence she sailed on Tuesday morning.
The Maitland Mercury… Saturday 2 June 1849, page 3.
The master of the schooner Fama, David
Dennis, was drowned at the Bellinger River,
on the 22nd July, by the capsizing of a boat
The Maitland Mercury… Saturday 1 September 1849, page 3.
THE STEAMER ” PHOENIX.”-A rumour has been in circulation, since the arrival from the
Richmond River of the ketch Pelican, that the Phoenix was on the bar at the Clarence. The
news was communicated by some blacks to one of the passengers by the Pelican, but in the
absence of more authentic information we would hope that the rumour is without foundation.
People’s Advocate, March 16.-Rumours were rife in town last night that the Phoenix steamer,
now 14 days overdue on her return trip from the Clarence to Sydney, had been wrecked on her
passage thither. We give the rumour as it reached us, and believe it to have originated in
a report of the blacks, of their having discovered some bags of flour and other articles of a description likely to have been an up-country cargo, on
the line of coast, floated ashore between the Bellinger and Richmond Rivers-Bell’s Life,
The Maitland Mercury… Wednesday 20 March 1850, page 2.
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