Thames City, 1856
According to this despatch, the Thames City left from England for British Columbia, in 1858, with 119 men of the Expedition, presuambly these were Royal Engineers. Wymond Ogilvy Hamley, customs collector, was also aboard, as indicated in this document; Reverend James Gammage was aboard, too, as indicated in this despatch.
Thames City rounded Cape Horn successfully and arrived at Esquimalt Harbour on 12 April 1859, according to this despatch. This document finds the ship, as well as the Briseis, entangled in a brokarage dispute, which forced the ship to port at Fraser River, rather than Victoria. An enclosure in the same despatch argues that the brokers at Victoria—Shaw, Savill and Company—could not accept lower terms for service to Fraser River due to risks of crew desertion and added insurance costs.
Mentions of this vessel in the documents
The Colonial Despatches Team. Thames City, 1856. 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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