1820 Settler Party : Russell
|Number in the Party||6|
|Area Party originated from||Lanarkshire, Scotland|
|Area allocated to the party||Western Cape|
|Surnames in party||Clark, McLaren, McLean, Reid, Thompson, Unknown,|
|Other Information||A party of 127 from Lanarkshire led by William RUSSELL sailed in "Abeona". She caught fire at sea and sank, 100 of the party being lost. 27 were picked up and carried to England. Eight of these sailed in "Sappho" in 1821.
|Settler Handbook Content:||Led by William Russell of 48 Bridge Gate Street, Glasgow, Scotland. This was a party of Scots artisans and trademen whose deposits were paid through Monteith of Glasgow, and who sailed from Greenock in the Abeona on 13 October 1820. At sea on 25 November, in latitude 4° 30' N and longitude 25° 30' W, the ship caught fire, and after burning for fifteen hours was totally destroyed. Three small boatloads of survivors were rescued by a Portuguese merchant ship; 16 of the crew including the master, 27 emigrants and nine passengers were saved, and 114 people - nine of the crew, 100 emigrants and five passengers - were lost with the ship.