The Alfred


The Alfred Original Oil on Stretched Canvas 66cm x 51cm by Ian Hansen

The Swedish built ship Alfred made numerous voyages to the Australian Colonies in the 1840s and 1850s her Size: was 604 – 635 tons and she was built: at Lulea, Sweden in 1841 (originally named the Australia) On 30 November 1844, the Australia was purchased from Liliewalch of Stockholm by the Hamburg firm of J C Godeffroy & Sohn, who renamed her the Alfred.

The Alfred, a 3 masted ship under the command of H.E. Deckers, the Alfred departed Hamburg, 20 Aug 1848 with 275 passengers on board and arrived in Port Adelaide South Australia on 8 Dec 1848.  A second voyage to Adelaide under H.E. Deckers left Hamburg on 27 Oct 1849 and arrived in South Australia on 31 Jan 1850.  The Alfred also undertook a voyage to Melbourne in 1853/1854 under the command of H. Bruhns.  The Alfred  was re-rigged as a bark sometime between 1850 and 1853.  She was sold to Norwegian interests in 1855, renamed Rhea.

“The Alfred from Hamburg and Plymouth”
This Passenger ship arrived yesterday, from Hamburg (27 October) and Plymouth (3rd November) with its passengers, in 88 days, being the shortest passage yet performed by a German ship to this port. Only one death, an infant, occurred on the voyage. This fine ship had brought to our shores, incognito, the first real live Prince, in the person of His Highness Prince Frederick of Holstein, (cousin of Her Majesty, Queen Victoria). We understand His Highness is not likely to “sit down” in our Upper House of Hereditary legislators, as he intends to make it to four of these Colonies. His Highness Prince Frederick of Holstein attended by Captain Stanley Carr, had an audience, on the morning of February 1st with his Excellence Henry Young.

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