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Thread #126347 Message #2814029
Posted By: John Minear
16-Jan-10 - 09:59 PM
Thread Name: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
Subject: RE: From SF to Sydney - 1853 Shanties Sung?
The "Julia Ann" was carrying Mormons on her second and fourth return voyages to San Francisco. I'm sure in both cases that this tended to modify the behavior of the crew and other passengers. On the other hand she was probably carrying gold diggers to Australia on all four voyages outward bound from San Francisco and this probably had a different effect on the crew's behavior. The account of the first voyage indicates that Pond didn't make much distinction between the crew and the passengers on that trip and was ready to be done with all of them, leaving as many behind as he could in Tahiti and in Sydney. He was probably glad to have the Mormons along to calm things down a bit. Although he was not a Mormon himself, he seems to have respected them. But it is also important to remember that he had been a gold digger in '49-'50 in the California gold fields so he probably felt some kinship with the diggers as well.