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The Skeleton Closet


A barque built at Sunderland in 1842 for D. Dunbar, she was originally classified as 471 tons and later re-classified as 578 tons, which says she was probably rebuilt at some stage of her life. I have no other dimensions for her. She is also listed as being felt and sheathed with yellow metal, which means she probably had a lot of copper and brass-ware on here. Her Hull may have been sheathed in copper. This information comes from the Lloyd's Register of Shipping.

Her name is variously written among records too. In places she is called Pheobe and in others Phoebe.

She came to South Australia three times in the 19th Century, each twice making the trip from London. She arrived in Adelaide from Hobart in 1845 [List] and from London in 1846 [List] and again in 1847 [List]. She was commanded by Captain William Dale on all three voyages.


There are a some other Phoebe's recorded in Adelaide. I have listed the information I have on them [here]


Passengers travelling from London to Adelaide in 1845 on the Phoebe included:-

Stevens, Henry

Stevens, Mary


Passengers travelling from London to Adelaide in the 1846 voyage included among the 175 onboard:-

Collingridge, Joseph

Collingridge, Mrs J

Collingridge, William

Gordon, Dr,

Lambert, G.

Taylor, W.

Passengers travelling from London to Adelaide in the 1847 voyage included:-

230 emigrants


Pheobe - a brignatine of 105 tons om 98 tons nm and being 64' 4" x 18' 18' 6" x 9' 4", built on the McLeay River in NSW by Robert Morgan. This vessel visited Adelaide on 21 March 1845 from Hobart under Captain George Bennett. On this trip, she delivered horses, wheat and 13 passengers. She made another voyage arriving on 23 September from Table Bay bringing wine, fruit, tobacco and a passenger named Emmett.

Phoebe - a ketch of 24 tons nm and being 45' 4" x 14' 5" x 4' 8" built at Port Adelaide by Robert Buck. This vessel operated in South Australian waters from 1849. There was a report in the newspaper of the day, that on 20 June "lighterman Buck has discovered a harbour at the mouth of the River Wakefield and already has contracted with the Kooringa smelting works for cartage of fuel, metallic copper, etc."