20 December 2007

In 1854-55 seven men from Newlyn sailed to Australia hoping to make their fortunes in the gold fields. Although not used to distance sailing, they made the journey of about ten thousand miles to Melbourne in their thirty-seven foot long lugger Mystery. They had no engine and no twenty-first century navigation equipment.

Pete Goss is going to re-enact their voyage next year. Read about it here and here.

The seven Cornish braves should be noted as among those who sought fortune with courage: Richard Nicholls (captain), Richard Badcock, William Badcock, Charles Boase, Job Kelynack, Lewis Lewis, and Philip Curnow Matthews. Let their names live in fame.

People in Cornwall should be – are – proud of these men and welcome Goss’s adventure.