Thursday, June 12, 2008

Chariot of Fame wooden sea chest

Wooden sea chest with iron handles and latch. Painted on the front is 'Mrs. J. Anderson/Per Chariot of Fame Mr. A. Mitchell/Uralla by Bendemere/New England/New South Wales Not Wanted on the Voyage.'

The Chariot of Fame was a three-masted, square-rigged 'medium clipper' ship, built at East Boston, Massachusetts, by Donald McKay, for Enoch Train & Co., Boston, for their White Diamond packet line between Boston and Liverpool, and launched in April 1853. For the first year the Chariot of Fame sailed out of American ports as a packet vessel. After this the vessel was chartered by the White Star Line of Australian packets and made a number of good passages to Australia from England in 1854 and 1855. In 1862 the vessel was sold in London and the vessel came out to Australia on several more voyages. The Chariot of Fame was reported abandoned at sea in 1876.

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