Moy (ship)

The Moy was a 1,697 ton, iron sailing ship with a length of 257.6 feet (78.5 m), breadth of 38.3 feet (11.7 m) and depth of 23.2 feet (7.1 m). She was built by Russel & Company for the Nourse Line, named after the River Moy in northwest of Ireland and launched in May 1885. She was primarily used for the transportation of Indian indenture labourers to the colonies. Details of some of these voyages are as follows:

United Kingdom
Name: Moy
Owner: Nourse Line
Builder: Russel & Co
Launched: May 1885
General characteristics
Class and type: Iron-hulled sailing ship
Tons burthen: 1,697 tons
Length: 257.6 ft.
Beam: 38.3 ft.
Draught: 23.2 ft.
Destination Date of Arrival Number of Passengers Deaths During Voyage
Fiji 3 May 1889 677 n/a
Fiji 14 April 1893 467 n/a
Trinidad 11 December 1893 627 n/a
Trinidad 3 December 1894 636 25
Trinidad 16 January 1901 611 3
Fiji 1 June 1898 568 n/a
British Guiana 20 August 1902 n/a n/a
British Guiana March 1904 523 46

In 1888, the Moy repatriated 327 former indentured labourers from St Lucia back to India.

During her last voyage, to British Guiana, there was an incredibly high death rate with 46 deaths, and of the remainder 88 had to be sent to hospital in Georgetown. The Surgeon Superintendent's gratuity was withheld for this incident and the captain and third officer also lost part of their pay. In February 1905, on the way back to Liverpool from British Guiana she was reported as missing.

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  • Lubbock, Basil (1981). Coolie ships and oil sailors. Brown, Son & Ferguson. ISBN 0-85174-111-8.

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