History of the Sesostris

Sesostris was built in Hull in 1817.

Jonathan Duncan, in his book of 1857 The Bank Charter Act tells us:

Mr. Marryatt, a member of the House of Commons, and a most extensive West India merchant, averred in a speech delivered by him in Parliament in 1820, that a vessel called “The Sesostris,” which cost in 1818, £12,175, was sold in 1820 for £6,300.

Newspaper notice for Sesostris, 1820
Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser, 22nd March 1820
Date Event (info. mainly from Lloyds Underwriters' books)
1819 Voyage to Bengal under Captain Thompson. Owner Staniforth. Surveyed in April at Hull, and registered. Ist Class ship of 1st Class materials, with iron cables. Iron standards and knees. Sheathed with copper.
1822 Voyage to Archangel under Captain Porter. Surveyed at Hull as 1st Class ship of 1st Class materials. Owner Reed & Co.
1823 Voyage to Lima under Captain A. Robson. Owner Staniforth. Patent Felt used. Proved iron cables. Surveyed at London, 1st Class ship of 1st Class materials. Sheathed with copper over boards.
The London Courier and Evening Gazette, of 21st September, 1824, reporting on the efforts of Simon Bolivar to overthrow the Spanish, publishes a letter from Capt. Robson of Sesostris to his Owners, dated Callao Bay, May 4, 1824:-
"At present we have no certain information of the position of the armies, or of their force. There was a report a few days ago of a battle on the plains of Huacca, between Generals Sucre and Olaneta, in which the latter (the Royalist) had lost upwards of 2,000 men, and retired on Guamanga. It has not since been contradicted, and is probably correct. General Bolivar is to the northward, in the province of Truxillo, but the communication being cut off, we are ignorant of his proceedings. It is said that he is very sanguine as to the result of the campaign."
1825 Copper repaired.

Morning Post, 30 November 1825:

PORTSMOUTH, Nov. 28.- It has blown very hard all the day; the outward bound remain all well. The Hope, Edwards, from Exmouth to London, got on shore on Bambridge Ledge this morning, knocked her rudder off, and is leaky; in making for the harbour, accompanied by two pilot boats, she ran on board the Sesostris, for New South Wales, and carried away her bowsprit.

1826 Voyage taking convicts to New South Wales under Captain Drake. Owner Staniforth.
1827 Voyage to India under Captain Boucher. Owner Watson. Surveyed at London as 2nd Class ship of 2nd Class materials (1st category). Sheathed with copper over boards.
1828 Some repairs
1829 Voyage to Bombay under Captain Yates. Owner Watson. Surveyed in August as 2nd Class ship and in September as of 2nd Class materials at Liverpool. Part new upper works and some repairs.
1830 Owner Yates & Co.
1831 Voyage to India under Captain Liddle. Owner Yates & Co.
[This was presumably in late 1831 after Sesostris had returned to London on Smith's voyage - SK note]
1833 Voyage to India under Captain Yates. Owner Yates & Co.


1840 Voyage to Sydney under Captain Row. Registered as a Barque. Owners Tomlin & Co.
1841 Used on the Australian coastal trade
1843 Broken up

The entry in the Underwriters' book of 1829:

Key, from left to right:

Entry Meaning
420 The number of the entry under the letter 'S'.
S Ship
s Sheathed
PF Patent felt
W23 & C27 Sheathed with copper over boards in 1823 and 1827
YATES Captain Yates
rp 28&29 Repaired in 1828 and 1829
487 487 tonnes. As there is no entry under the tonnage, the vessel had two decks
HULL Hull was the port of register
I.S.& K Iron standards and knees
12 12 years' old
WATSON The owner was Watson
19 19 feet of draught when loaded
pt n.u.w. & Srprs 29 Part new upper works and some repairs in 1829
Li Liverpool was the port of survey
Bomby Bombay was the destination of the insured voyage
I PIC IH Proved iron cables
E Second class ship, ie able to carry any cargo, though not guaranteed to be watertighta
8 Month of survey, ie August
9 Month of survey, ie September.

Note a : On 15th September 1830, Smith records that when unloading bales of cotton in Whampoa Reach they discovered that the 'water had been 3 feet above the kilson', and that the cotton was so damaged they could not weigh it.

Who was Sesostris?

Sesostris I, (1971 - 1928 BC), was the second king of the 12th dynasty of ancient Egypt. He was the son of Amenemhet I. To secure the throne for himself after Amenemhet's assassination, he publicized his father's testament The Instructions of Amenemhet, which became an Egyptian literary classic. Sesostris conquered Nubia during his prosperous reign, and was succeeded by his son Amenemhet II.

Sesostris II was the son of Amenemhet II and the grandson of Sesostris I. He was succeeded, in turn, by his son Sesostris III (1878 -1843 BC). Sesostris III fixed Egypt's southern border above the second cataract of the Nile. He waged campaigns against the Libyans of the Western Desert and to secure Egyptian influence and trade ties with Syria and Palestine. He curbed the power of the nobility and supervised the design and construction of numerous public works. He was buried in a small pyramid at Dahshur, about 26 km south of Cairo.

Source : Grolier Encyclopedia, 1993


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