The Epic Voyages of Maud Berridge: The seafaring diaries of a Victorian lady

Author(s): Sally Berridge


Maud Berridge (1845-1907) was the wife of a Master Mariner, and she travelled with him on at least five occasions (1869, 1880, 1882, 1883, 1886), sailing to Melbourne with emigrants and cargo. The first occasion was 1869 just after they were married, when Henry was Captain of the Walmer Castle, and they returned via New Zealand instead of travelling east and around Cape Horn. However, most of Henry and Maud's voyages were undertaken in the three-masted clipper Superb, sailing from Gravesend at the start of summer and leaving Melbourne for home at the end of the year (the southern summer, best for heading east with the trade winds and rounding Cape Horn). Record times taken from London to Melbourne under Captain Henry were 79 days (1878), 76 days (1881) and a final time of 74 days (1886).In 1880, Maud and Henry took their two sons (aged six and eight) with them. In 1883, they sailed on from Melbourne to Newcastle in New South Wales to take on a load of coal, then on through the Windward Isles to San Francisco (51 days). Here they stayed for two months exploring SF and surrounds, unloaded the coal and took on a load of wheat (in large bags) at Port Costa. They then sailed down the west coast of the Americas, around Cape Horn and on to Queenstown in County Cork (134 days). The whole voyage took 14 months. There are also some photographs of Henry, Maud and the crew taken in San Francisco, and a photo from the State Library of Victoria showing the Superb at dock in Melbourne.Maud wrote diaries of these voyages of which one in particular, that of the 1883 voyage, comprise some 50 000 words. The book will tell Maud's story through her own words and through a number of relevant contemporary documents and will paint a picture of the life of a captain's wife in the Victorian era as well as aspects of society in Britain, the US and Australia at the time. Her enthusiasm for new experiences shines through her writing.


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The on-board diaries of the wife of a ship's captain, who accompanied him on five voyages to the US and Australia.

Sally Berridge is the great-grand-daughter of Maud and Henry Berridge and is based in Australia. Formerly a research scientist she is currently working as an academic, writer and editor.

Dedication Acknowledgments A note to Maud Introduction Chapter One Maud and Henry Chapter Two On board a sailing ship Water Food Running repairs Navigation: latitudes and longitudes Life on board the Superb Captain and crew Chapter Three Victorian times Reticent women Women on sailing ships Women's diaries of sea voyages Chapter Four Britain's sailors and ships in the nineteenth century Green's of Blackwall Voyaging to and from Australia in the nineteenth century Chapter Five Maud's voyages 1869-70 Maud's first voyage: the Walmer Castle 1880-81 Maud's second voyage with the boys 1882-83 Maud's third voyage: records from the Superb Gazette 1883-84 Maud's fourth voyage: her diaries 1886-87 Maud's fifth voyage The perilous journey home: rounding Cape Horn Chapter Six On board with the boys Chapter Seven To Melbourne, then off to San Francisco Chapter Eight Two months in San Francisco and the return voyage to England Chapter Nine Afternotes Maud and Henry's deaths and burials Towards the end of the age of sail Superb scrapped Chapter Ten The darling boys: Jesse and Harold's lives and careers Current descendants Chapter Eleven Traces and reflections Appendix I Temperleys in Australia in the 1800s and early 1900s Appendix II Henry's Merchant Navy Service Appendix III Passenger list for Superb 1883 London to Melbourne Crew list References

General Fields

  • : 9781472956620
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Adlard Coles
  • : January 2018
  • : 216mm X 135mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : February 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sally Berridge
  • : Paperback
  • : 518
  • : 910.45092
  • : 272
  • : 16 page black and white plate section