John Way (1835 – 1911) and Sarah Way née Daw (1837 – 1895) came to Australia on the Trafalgar. They arrived in South Australia on 28 June 1854 having left Plymouth on 6 March.
They had married at Wendron, Cornwall only four days before departure.(“England Marriages, 1538–1973 ,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NFPT-9DK : accessed 06 Sep 2013), John Way and Sarah Dawe, 02 Mar 1854.)
On the shipping list John was recorded as John Nicholas Way, aged 19, a labourer from Cornwall. Sarah was aged 18. I have not seen John recorded with a middle name in any other record, I am not sure if this is a transcription error on the part of the shipping clerk.(Passenger list – Trafalgar retrieved from http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/trafalgar1854.shtml )
|THE TRAFALGAR. (1854, June 29). South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 – 1900), p. 2. Retrieved September 5, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48553168 Note that there is something slightly wrong about the figures published – the sums do not add up.|
The shipping intelligence gave details of the ship – a barque of 717 tons with a number of passengers as well as government emigrants and cargo. The voyage of the Trafalgar was not always comfortable with heavy weather experienced several times.
|SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE. (1854, June 29). South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 – 1900), p. 2. Retrieved September 5, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48553149|
The ship also featured in the Immigration Agent’s Report for the month.
|Immigration Agent’s Report for 30 June 1854 published in The Register. ADELAIDE: TUESDAY, JULY 25, 1854. (1854, July 25). South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 – 1900), p. 2. Retrieved September 5, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49198167|
A barque is a sailing vessel with three or more masts. From the Wikipedia article I learned that the sail plan of a barque allows the ship to be crewed with fewer crew than a comparable full rigged ship. The standard definition for a barque in the nineteenth century is that “the foremasts rigged square and the aftermast rigged fore-and-aft”. The trade-off was it was slower down wind than a fully rigged ship. (Barque. (2013, July 19). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 01:27, September 6, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Barque&oldid=564904528)
|The sail plan of a barque from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sail_plan_barque.svg|