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Briefly about the North Foreland:

The North Foreland is a chalk headland in Kent, south-east England. It is due east of Margate and forms the east coast of the Isle of Thanet. When ships bound for South Australia passed by the North Foreland in 1836, a crude lighthouse forewarned of danger. The source of the light was a much-criticised coal [...]

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Week 05 – the Cygnet sets sail

After four weeks at sea the poor passengers on the John Pirie and the Duke of York had barely left sight of land. But the capricious spring weather had not finished with them yet, as both vessels continued to battle gale force winds and high seas. The animals on board the John Pirie suffered greatly, and many of the [...]

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Week 11 – ‘dangers stand thick all around’

1849 sketch of men bathing on deck.

At long last fair conditions prevail for the travelers and they make good progress.  But danger still stalks the Duke of York. Lucy Beare becomes dangerously ill and almost dies.  Reading between the lines, it seems likely that she gave birth to a child (family history says it was a daughter) who was still-born. Her health [...]

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