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Sophia Jane, Australia's first steamer arrived in Sydney 1831

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Details and History from Flotilla Australia: [COLOR="DarkRed"]SOPHIA JANE 256 gross tons, 153 net. Lbd: 120'3" x 20'1" x 10'3". Wooden paddle steamship built 1826 by Barnes & Miller at Rotherhithe, as supervised by English shipbuilder named Evans. Side lever making 50 horsepower. Built as a Gravesend, England steam packet vessel for unknown owners and acquired by Edward Biddulph & syndicate 1830. Sailed to the Australian colonies with a view to sell, arriving at Sydney Town 13th May 1831. She travelled under sail yet holds the distinction of being the first 'steamship' to arrive upon Australian shores. Her paddle wheels were fitted and she commenced trade in the Hunter River, New South Wales. E Biddulph was unable to sell her outright and instead sold shares to local residents. November 1833 J H Grose purchased all the shares and entered into a business partnership with Thomas Street. Records state this vessel as registered at Sydney 1838 with J H Grose again having full ownership in December 1838. July 1839 owned by J T Wilson who fled the colonies in October 1839 leaving angry creditors and a financial mess. Purchased by General S N Co., Sydney October 1940 who ran her as a regular on the Illawarra trade. November 1842 owned by Thomas Barker. 1843 owned by Edye Manning & Partners. Demolished with register officially closed 1845[/COLOR]

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