According to this despatch, Briseis was a freight ship chartered by the British government in 1858 to carry supplies to Vancouver Island and the mainland for the Royal Engineers. An enclosure with the same notes the destruction by Fire of the Barque Briseis on 8 December 1858.
Both this private correspondence and this document confirm that Briseis never made its destination: it burned at sea off the coast of Brazil, with hundreds of tonnes of uninsured supplies on board. Finally, this private correspondence mentions that Shaw, Savill and Company acted as brokers for the ill-fated Briseis.
Mentions of this vessel in the documents
The Colonial Despatches Team. Briseis. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. The Colonial Despatches Team. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria.

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