An Artist Impression of the "Viscount Melbourne"
The vessel left from Singapore after picking up Mrs Dare, a 22 year old woman with a 2 month old baby at the breast and a 2 yr old son who were going to join her husband Capt Dare. Leaving England together on his ship she had conceived along the way so was left along with her young George in Mrs. Clarke's boarding house in Singapore where she gave birth to her son Julius. Meanwhile her husband had continued on to Macau. With Julius now being old enough to travel they joined the ill fated "Viscount Melbourne".
We have since discovered that Julius went on to establish Rugby in Japan and George returned to live in Singapore with his wife being the first woman to drive a car in there.
We first discovered this wreck by reading The Dairies of the White Raj - Rajah Brook's followed by a Google search which led to the "Silver Bowl http://www.thesilverbowl.com/misc/pirates_dare.htm
(These have been updated since I first found them )
Then onto the Singapore National Library for 5 days of further research where we discovered the "full account" which I will reveal at a later date.
This is how she looks now - a first hand view 40 meters deep
One of the Anchors
Take not of the large "Nail" in the center of the deck
Who knew that these vessels of the 1900's had such luxury foods?
Preserved yellow cherries !!!!
Beer or Madeira Wine - to be confirmed
Crude applied lip, these are a three mold hand blown glass bottle with corksThe contents of one of the bottle that popped it cork
The contents were not consumable
We are working in collaboration with a friend and businessman in Miri who's vision has been to establish a Maritime Museum in Miri - Sarawak. Our aim to to help achieve this with the artifacts being donated to this Museum.
Posted 17th September 2012 by Southern Sun