Samuel Boddington

Departed Amoy 25 November 1852. Arrived Georgetown 4 March 1853

This website page was updated on 11 November 2004

 

News Item

James White found out that Hyde, Hodge & Co. was preparing its second shipment of Chinese labourers on the Samuel Boddington and that Tait & Co. at Amoy was being sub-contracted to recruit the labourers. White felt that because of its past scandals concerning the procurement of coolies for Cuba and other Spanish colonies Tait & Co. was not a suitable agency to be involved in gathering emigrants for the British West Indies, but he had no authority to intervene in the private venture. Travelling to Amoy, he reproached the company for the inferior quality of the emigrants being collected, particularly the number of boys who were being passed off as adults. Embarkation began on 10 November, the day after White returned to Hong Kong, and continued until 23 November. The surgeon-in-charge then examined the emigrants and pronounced that only 202 of the 352 were fit for travel. It was precisely at this moment that the Amoy citizens were rioting on shore against the widespread practice of "pig stealing." Tait & Co. then informed the captain that he could either sail with everyone on board, since all were acceptable as far as the company was concerned, or else he could go with a short load and bear the loss from the resulting reduced bounties. Money proved to be the deciding factor the captain took off with all 352 emigrants, and in fact there was an added profit margin since, according to the regulations, the ship was permitted to legally carry 335 passengers. The ship sailed on 25 November 1852 and arrived in Demerara on 4 March 1853 after a crossing lasting only 98 days. During the journey the Chinese staged a mutiny and came close to taking over the ship. Of the 352 that set out, 41 emigrants died and 11 were lost overboard a mortality rate of 14.7% and 29 had to be hospitalized immediately upon arrival. When the governor of British Guiana realized that the bounties had become merely an incentive for stacking the ships with bodies he introduced an ordinance rescinding the bounty payment and this amendment was passed by the Court of Policy on 1 August 1853. [ From Cane Reapers: Chinese Indentured Immigrants in Guyana by Trev Sue-A-Quan.]

The Chinese originally allotted to Plantation "Vreed-en-Hoop" were transferred in April, 1853, to "Anna Regina" and had not, at that date, recovered from the effects of their long voyage, and were much debilitated and in bad health. The manager reported them to be cheerful, peaceable and well-disposed, but by June, 1853, their earnings had been small in consequence of their weakly condition. They were, however, more muscular and athletic than the East Indians, and it was anticipated that in two or three months they would prove a valuable addition to the labouring force of "Anna Regina." Mr. F.A. Matherson, a manager of Plantation "Haarlem," reported on the 24th June, 1853 that he had every reason to be satisfied as yet with the Chinese labourers located on his estate, and gave his opinion that the Chinese were likely to turn out as good labourers as any in the Colony. Mr. Alex. M. Bethune, manager of Plantation "Stewartville" wrote on teh 29th June, 1853:- "My opinion of the Chinese is, that in the course of time they will be very good and useful labourers: but the heavy wet season coming on so shortly after their arrival has been greatly against them, giving them fevers and ague, which they are very much troubled with at present. . . . There is another and very serious drawback to their doing well, which is that there is no one among them that can talk a word of English, consequently we can only communicate with another by signs." . . . Mr, M. Vaughan, manager of Plantation "Hague," wrote on the 22nd June, 1853:- "I find the Chinese labourers allotted to this estate a tractable and useful people. I may mention that, since the rainy season set in, they are not earning much money, yet they are not idle for a day, unless in case of sickness, of which I cannot complain." [From The Chinese in British Guiana by Cecil Clementi, 1915.]

Allocation to plantations

Allotted to

M

Allotted to

M

Allotted to

M

Schoon Ord

51

Hague

39

Union

8

Stewartville

44

Anna Catherina

47

Died

21

Anna Regina

45

Haarlem

45

.

.

Immigrants

Note: Because of poor penmanship and deterioration of the historic documents, it was sometimes difficult to read the handwriting in the records and this has resulted in some duplication in the transcription of some passenger numbers as well as variations in spelling from what was originally inscribed. 

No.

Name

Age

Allotted to

Surnames of descendants (to the 4th generation)

7

Ling Lai

25

Vreed en Hoop

--

9

Lee Poh

27

Stewartville

--

9

Li Kow

35

Vreed en Hoop

--

10

Lim Seong

22

Schoon Ord

--

11

Lee Sye

18

Stewartville

--

11

Dhwa Hun

34

Anna Regina

--

13

Leah Kang

32

Haarlem

--

15

Low Ong

44

Haarlem

--

16

Tung Swan

24

Schoon Ord

--

17 Wee Ong

22

Stewartville --

19

Low Coon

29

Vreed en Hoop

--

19

Lim Kwee

37

Schoon Ord

--

23

Tin Swan

30

Haarlem

--

25 Tea Hong

60

Vreed en Hoop --

26

Goh Puan

24

Union

--

31

Lee Tuck

26

Stewartville

--

33

Tan Kip

26

Haarlem

--

34

Ong Seng

39

Stewartville

--

35

Oh Yen

33

Schoon Ord

--

40

Goh Hai

21

Hague

--

41

Lim Chow

47

Vreed en Hoop

--

44

Ong Chwan

32

Union

--

46

Ng Gong

30

Hague

--

47

Tieng Pwan

34

Haarlem

--

51

Koh Bin

25

Hague

--

55

Beh Loh 35 Schoon Ord --

55

Kay How

24

Schoon Ord

--

60

Ung Kow

34

Anna Catherina

--

62

Ong Seon

22

Anna Catherina

--

67

Cheu Chai

38

Schoon Ord

Cheu

71

Lim Whan

24

Stewartville

--

73

Cho Keek

30

Union

--

75

Tang Sing

48

Stewartville

--

76

Ong Ping

24

Vreed en Hoop

--

77

Tan Tang

30

Vreed en Hoop

--

81

Sang Chian

31

Hague

--

82

Lah Soon

25

Anna Catherina

--

86

Lim Mam

28

Enterprise

--

90

Lim Chiong

32

Haarlem

--

92

Chwa Cheat

34

Haarlem

--

93

Ang Choon

31

Schoon Ord

--

94

Ing Kai

35

Schoon Ord

--

96

Tan Keo

40

Vreed en Hoop

--

103

Cheong Ghun

34

Haarlem

--

105

Bee Gang

30

Haarlem

--

106

Tewa Sing

39

Term Trinidad

--

109

Li King

32

Haarlem

--

112

Tsung Yam

38

Vreed en Hoop

--

115

Ang Team

21

Stewartville

--

120

Tin Choo

64

Haarlem

--

122

Sa Ki

26

Hague

--

124

Lo Sing

23

Anna Catherina

--

135

Sau Tau

40

Haarlem

--

136

Lim Chow

25

Vreed en Hoop

--

144

Ang Hong

50

Haarlem

--

145

Low Yeung

28

Schoon Ord

--

153

Tan Chew

32

Anna Catherina

--

154

New Kye

26

Schoon Ord

--

155

Sob Too

26

Haarlem

--

156

Goh Ih

34

Haarlem

--

157

Koh Hoh

24

Stewartville

--

164

Lim Ine

24

Haarlem

--

166

Ug Tsay

16

Hague

--

167

See Chee

50

La Jalousie

--

172

Kwa Keng

28

Hague

--

181

Lim Gid

32

Schoon Ord

--

185

Lim In

32

Anna Catherina

--

192

Lee Leong

29

Union --

200

Ang Bang

50

Hague

--

203

Low Hee

45

Stewartville

--

209

Chan Ong

25

Haarlem --

213

Kwa Mee

47

Union

--

215

Ung Chan

28

Hague

--

216

Sim Choon

51

Schoon Ord

--

222

So ah Sing

26

Schoon Ord

--

234

See Kye

21

Anna Regina

--

234

Wha Chock

44

Stewartville

--

235 Wee Kah

40

Hague --
237

Ung Pong

30

Vreed en Hoop

--

238

Goh See

29

Schoon Ord

--

241

Han Teah

28

Schoon Ord

--

244

Lim Kah

42

Vreed en Hoop

--

255

Koh Cheah

25

Hague

--

256

Hin Bong

29

Hague

--

261

Tan Hoe

28

Anna Catherina

--

400

Lim Kah

41

Vreed en Hoop

--

401

See-Sye

--

--

--

563

Ong Boy

27

Haarlem

--

--

Bee Deck

41

From Jamaica

--

--

Lee Keng

47

Haarlem

--

--

Low Leong

29

--

--

--

Sim Chun

26

Schoon Ord

--

--

Tan Chong

28

Haarlem

--

--

Tan Koh

24

Vreed en Hoop

--

--

Tan Koo

24

Anna Catherina

--

--

Tan Lew

28

Haarlem --

--

Tan Ooh

38

Haarlem

--

--

Tan Pian

41

Vreed en Hoop

--

--

Tan Sap

51

Hague

--

--

Tan Soh

38

Haarlem --

--

Tan Teong

40

Anna Catherina

--

--

Tang Chean

24

Vreed en Hoop

--

--

Ung Yan

24

Schoon Ord

--

--

Yew Wha

20

Stewartville

--

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