A Voyage to Australia: Private Journal of James Bell

A Voyage to Australia Private Journal of James Bell A private firsthand account of one of the earliest voyages to South Australia including a mutiny requiring a detour to Rio de Janeiro a storm involving the loss of sails drunken fights and orgies O

  • Title: A Voyage to Australia: Private Journal of James Bell
  • Author: JamesBell
  • ISBN: 9781742377957
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A private firsthand account of one of the earliest voyages to South Australia including a mutiny requiring a detour to Rio de Janeiro, a storm involving the loss of sails, drunken fights, and orgies On November 19, 1838, James Bell, then age 21, set out in the sailing vessel the Planter from St Katharine Docks in London to travel to Adelaide, an infant colony half a worldA private firsthand account of one of the earliest voyages to South Australia including a mutiny requiring a detour to Rio de Janeiro, a storm involving the loss of sails, drunken fights, and orgies On November 19, 1838, James Bell, then age 21, set out in the sailing vessel the Planter from St Katharine Docks in London to travel to Adelaide, an infant colony half a world away and not yet two years old He left behind family, good friends, and the mysterious C.P a young woman with whom he hoped one day to be reunited The journey usually took 130 days, but due to the incompetence of the captain and the many misadventures encountered it took the Planter almost six months to reach its destination Along the way it lost a crew, several passengers, and much livestock it gained a new crew and at least one extra passenger The drunken brawls and licentious couplings horrified James Bell who, to while away the time, penned a detailed account of all the comings and goings for the eyes of C.P only, sternly advising her that it must never be read by a third party Sustained by his sense of adventure, his love of poetry, his faith in his Presbyterian God, his nostalgic memories of rural Scotland, and particularly by his affection for C.P James Bell maintained a vivid and astute record of his historic journey His voice travels down to readers than a century and a half later, and reminds us of the dangers and joys of such an adventurous leap into the unknown.

    One thought on “A Voyage to Australia: Private Journal of James Bell”

    1. I didn't expect to enjoy this book. I thought it would be very dry and dull; a bit like looking at somebody else's holiday photos.I never anticipated pirates, mutiny, an incompetent captain, adultery, theft (who's been milking my cow, no less) and a very private love affair. James Bell kept a journal of his voyage aboard the Planter which departed London in 1838, arriving in Adelaide some 130 days later. He wrote his own introduction, specifically stating the journal was for a C.Perry, was to be [...]

    2. Interesting, easy read for those who like history, or want to glimpse what it was like to immigrate to Australia.

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