J Dixon Voyage Diary

Details on the Skelton

 (Click for larger image.)Capt. Dixon

This is possibly a painting of the “Skelton” – by Capt. Dixon & possibly at Trinidad. It had belonged to the Roadknight family who were passengers on it’s 1820 trip to Tasmania.

While this may not be the ‘Skelton’, it is a good representation of what the vessel would have been like.

The “Skelton” was built in 1812, at Whitby in Yorkshire. The owners listed as James Son’s & Jun. and Will Dixon. Owners listed in 1825, Will Dixon of Skelton 16, James Dixon 32, and Mich. Trowsdale of Northallerton.
Ref. The ancient port of Whitby and it’s shipping by Richard Weatherill.

The “Skelton” was described as a 350 ton, (another ref. states 260 tons), single deck, three mast barque, (a sailing ship with the rear mast fore-and-aft-rigged and the remaining masts square-rigged). It was 15 feet draught, (see note on ships demise), coppered and copper fastened, (meaning it’s hull was covered with copper sheeting).
Ref. from Hobart Town Gazette 1821 & from Janet Headlam, nee Napier.

The “Skelton” arrived in Hobart from Leith in Scottland and Portsmouth in England, where ‘The Headlam’s’ embarked, arriving in Hobart on the 27th November 1820.
Ref. from Bents Almanac & from Janet Headlam, nee Napier.

The ‘Skelton’ also arrived in Hobart on 24th December 1822, and on 8th June 1823, in subsquent voyages.

On July 30th 1828, the “Skelton”, Capt. Percy of Whitby, traveling from Trinidad to London, struck on a rock 13ft under water, near Anguilla Island bearing East, distant 10 miles, and foundered. Crew saved.