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Kapuna ship

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Diane Report 19 Sep 2008 22:26

Trying to find any information on kapunda sailing ship.

I think My ancestor Stephen Stanworth Adey. was the captain at one stage.

I know he died in 1880 at sea a board the Kapunda.

The ship later sank near brazil.

Would be grateful of any information.


WayneTracey Report 19 Sep 2008 22:32

Found this....

of London, STEPHEN S. ADEY , Master, Burthen 1084Tons
from the Port of LEITH to SYDNEY, New South Wales, 6th Feb. 1877


On this site....



***Lindsay*** Report 19 Sep 2008 23:29

A bit of background about the ship and it's demise

The Kapunda, belonging to Messrs. Trinder, Anderson, and Co., was an iron ship of the highest class, and of 1095 tons register.

She was built on the Clyde in 1875. She left London, under the command of Captain John Masson, on December 11th for Freemantle, Western Australia, calling at Plymouth en route.

There were 313 persons on board, namely crew of 41 and 272 passengers. Of the latter four were in the saloon, 217 were Government emigrants {under the supervision of Dr. Newton Bentham}, and 51 paying steerage-passengers.

They were mostly poor people from the agricultural districts, including a good many Scotch and Irish. Many of them were "nominated" emigrants, sent for by friends already in the colony, others were going to help in making a railway from Beverley to Albany.

Off the Brazils the Kapunda came into collision with a British barque named Ada Melmore, of Belfast. Two persons belonging to the latter vessel were drowned, while all the Kapunda's crew and passengers perished except sixteen persons. Some of these were rescued by the Ulysse, a french barque, which conveyed them to Rio and Naceio.

Source: THE GRAPHIC dated Feb 5, 1887


Stewart Report 4 May 2013 12:46

Hello Diane, I just discovered your post regarding Captain Adey and the Kapunda. I may be able to help you as I have been researching the history of this ship for 30 yrs! Four of my cousins drowned aboard her in 1887.

Captain Adey was her captain from 1878 to 1880. I just learned he hailed from DownPatrick in Northern Ireland, near to where I was born.

Looking forward to hearing back from you.


greyghost Report 4 May 2013 12:53

As you have noticed this is an old posting and it looks as though Diane never returned to it. She may or may not still be a site member. Try clicking on her name to send a personal message - GR will forward it if she still has the same email address


Stewart Report 17 May 2013 02:26

Thanks. Correction: Captain Stephen Stanworth Adey came from Poole in Dorset. He did indeed die aboard the Kapunda in 1880 on the return journey from Australia. His death is recorded in the consular records from Cape Verde Islands where the ship was quarantined for a time.


Reggie Report 17 May 2013 09:38


Please read and follow the advice given by Stuart