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Written by Ernest Argyle / John, ShipStamps.co.uk   
Thursday, 02 October 2008

The Southern Cross was the second ship of the name in the series of Melanesian Mission vessels, which numbered at least seven. The first of the name was similar in appearance and size to her successor. She was a brigantine of 100 tons register, costing 1,800. Her first voyage to Melanesia was in May 1856, and after four years of service she was wrecked on June 18, 1860 at Ngunguru, on the northern coast of New Zealand. The mission was thus without a ship and from 1860 to 1863 had to depend on chartered ships.

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