24a["Port Wallaroo", The South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA), Thursday 05 June 1862, page 4]


[From our own Correspondent.]

Port Wallaroo, June 3.

Since my last communication regarding the ship Schah Jehan, which vessel, you will remember, was beached by the master, she has been hauled off and brought alongside the jetty, but during the night and all next day the gale blew from the south-west, and she consequently sustained some little damage, besides injuring the wharf. The master thought it prudent under the circumstances, in order to protect the ship and prevent further injury to the jetty, to scuttle the vessel that she might lie quietly until the gale was over. He accordingly did so on the night of Thursday; but as she did not fill fast enough during the night and the next day, it became apparent that she had better be hauled to the end of the jetty, as where she then lay would prevent other vessels coming to the wharf. She was therefore hauled across the end of the jetty, under the directions of the Harbour Master, and lies there now full of water. It is intended to stop the holes made in her and pump her out, but the master is waiting for further directions from the owners. The past week has been a most boisterous one, with heavy rains, but the weather has cleared up and is now beautifully fine.


24b["The Schah Jehan", The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA), Wednesday 02 July 1862, page 2]


The following is the decision of the Court of Enquiry with reference to the School Jehan:


" 5. That the fact of the captain having stated he abandoned the ship when on the beach, tends to illustrate the gross inattention to the interests of the owners and other exhibited by Captain Allen on this occasion.

" 6. That the scuttling of the ship was unnecessary under the circumstances. Even supposing it to have been requisite (which the Court deny), the modus operandi of the scuttling was performed in a most unseamanlike manner, and appears to have been done without reference to the subsequent raising of the ship.

" 7. That Captain Thomas Allen, by his conduct in reference to the stranding and scuttling of the ship, exhibited want of judgment, absence of nautical skill, and extreme carelessness in the want of protection extended by him to the valuable property entrusted to his charge.


24c["The Schah Jehan" (Letter to the Editor), The South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA), Saturday 12 July 1862, page 2]



Sir--I have hitherto refrained from making any comments on the very severe censure pronounced against me by the Court of Enquiry in the matter of the Schah Jehan. I would beg to remind the public, on whose opinion my reputation depends, that the ship is now in port, and they can judge for themselves whether justice at all times flows through the proper channel. I am also in hopes that the evidence taken at the enquiry will be published, which will throw another light on the subject, as Mr. Nation, whose evidence they were entirely guided by, was 10 days wrong in his days and dates.

I am, Sir, &c..


Port Adelaide, July 11, 1862.

24d["The Loss of the Schah Jehan", The South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA), Thursday 07 August 1862, page 2]



Having been one of many others who attended in open Court at Port Adelaide for three successive Court-days to hear evidence examined on the occasion of the damages occasioned to the Schah Jehan at the so-called Port of Wallaroo, we were not a little surprised at the non-publication of the whole proceedings, which would have brought the whole evidence before the public, in stead of a one-sided report, injurious to Captain Allen, the commander of the ship, and beneficial to Port Wallaroo as a harbour, which every nautical man connected with the Port of Adelaide denounces as unfit and unsafe for ships to enter; and as the depositions taken at the Court are before the House of Assembly, I expect you to publish those facts as you have done the one-sided report of a Committee incompetent to report on nautical affairs, and more inclined to defend Port Wallaroo than do justice to an experienced captain, who has spent thirty years at sea, and nineteen of that time to and from Port Adelaide. Must he be sacrificed, both in his substance and in his profession, to uphold a harbour so dangerous, and to gratify those who are interested in it, and destroy a man's reputation, and prevent him from earning a living for himself and family?

I am, Sir, &c,


Port Adelaide, August 6, 1862.

[It was impossible to publish the evidence in the paper, on account of its extreme length; but Parliament has ordered it to be printed.--Ed.]

24e["The Hansard", The South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA), Wednesday 10 September 1862, page 2]


Captain Allen and the Schah Jehan. A public meeting was convened by Captain Allen, late of the Schah Jehan, to take place on Monday evening at the Exchange Hotel, Port Adelaide, for the purpose of taking into consideration "The position in which he is now placed by the Board of Enquiry in the matter touching his conduct at Wallaroo on the 29th and 30th of May last." The meeting was called for half-past 7 o'clock, but at half-past 8, although there was a large number of persons present, there were only two shipmasters in attendance; and His Worship the Mayor explained to the meeting that as Captain Allen was desirous of obtaining the opinion of nautical men, it would be useless to proceed with business without a larger attendance of persons capable of judging of his conduct with regard to the stranding and subsequent scuttling of the Schah Jehan, at Wallaroo. Several shipmasters had promised to attend, but had failed to do so, and Captain Allen did not, therefore, wish to detain those who had come forward.