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From: Ron Mapplebeck <>
Subject: Re: [TSL] BISN Co Records for the late 1800s
Date: Tue, 07 May 2002 18:47:23 +0100
Sorry, I can't help you concerning any relevant records. However, I can
tell you a little about the ship BHUNDARA. BISN stands for British India
Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., London, and they were the owners of the
BHUNDARA which was built by William Denny & Bros., Dumbarton (Scotland).
The ship was launched on 19.11.1880 and ran trials on 7.1.1881
(January). She cost £46,250. She served with B.I. until sold on
24.5.1907 to be broken up at Bombay.
This information is from the World Ship Society publication B.I. (ISBN 0
905617 65 7). Incidents noted during her career were that she served as
a (troop) transport to Egypt in 1882 and to Burma in 1885/6. In
September 1887 she struck Twobaga Reef in the Banca Strait and was
repaired at Singapore. She spent most of her life in the East African
trade, although also well known on the Australia run. (British India
ships did not trade, so far as I know, across the Atlantic to
etc.). On 9 October 1897 leaving Newcastle, N.S.W., caught by tide and
carried onto barque HIGHLANDS and H.M.S. RAPID which were anchored in
the Hunter River. BHUNDARA bulwarks stove in from forecastle to bridge
and lost three blades from her propeller. Enquiry found that her 2nd
Engineer did not respond promptly to orders from bridge and strong
current took charge of ship before steerage way could be regained. At
the end of that particular voyage there was some further collision in
docking at Bombay on 26.11.1897. In 1898 arrived at Mombasa from Bombay
infected with bubonic plague, and ship moved on to Zanzibar. Her
Commander at that time was a Captain Stebbing. Passengers eventually
allowed to land into quarantine at Prison Island (Changu).
Hope this background information is of some interest.
"Suzan Given (by way of Sue Swiggum )" wrote:
> I don't know if I have the right person, but I am sending several emails in
> the hope that I will eventually strike it lucky. I am doing this research
> for my daughters partner.
> In 1881 Edward Woodcote Taylor West was a first or second mate on the BISN
> Co. ship "Bhundara". This is according to the 1881 census.
> Edward was born in 1861, so would have been about 20 at that stage.
> As the family history tale has come down he has been told that one of his
> great grandfathers' brothers was a "Captain who went down with his
> ship". Edward was one of the brothers and so far the only relative we can
> find with a sea background, and as such I am hoping he stayed with the BISN
> Co, or at least they may know if he transferred somewhere else.
> Could you please tell me how I can go about finding out what records (if
> any) are available on Edward - his family, his career and maybe even his
> death? Edwards descendants now live in New Zealand and are really
> interested in finding out about their ancestry.
> Also did any of your ships take passengers/immigrants to Canada. Another
> brother is supposed to have gone to Canada and became a bank manager ( the
> whole family appears to have been well educated). It would be too easy if
> he sailed on one of his brothers ships.
> Any help would be appreciated.
> Sue Given - Australia
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