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The Epic Voyages of Maud Berridge : The Seafaring Diaries of a Victorian Lady - Sally Berridge

The Epic Voyages of Maud Berridge

The Seafaring Diaries of a Victorian Lady

Paperback Published: 1st May 2018
ISBN: 9781472956620
Number Of Pages: 256

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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.



A note to Maud


Chapter One Maud and Henry

Chapter Two On board a sailing ship



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


ISBN: 9781472956620
ISBN-10: 1472956621
Audience: BAU
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st May 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 13.5  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.32