Hell Ship
  
Hell Ship
Michael Veitch
The Q - Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre
21 Feb 2020 to 22 Feb 2020
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Tickets
Adult: $55
Concession & Groups 8+: $50
Under 25: $27

Early Bird (available until 21 Jan 2020):
Adult: $50
Concession & Groups 8+: $45

Duration - Approx 60 minutes, no interval
Restrictions/Warnings
Moderate language, ages 15+


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Synopsis
 

A sea voyage. A tragedy. A love story.

In 1852, the emigrant vessel Ticonderoga limped into Port Phillip Bay after a nightmare voyage from England in which a quarter of her nearly 800 passengers and crew had died from typhus.

As its victims — Scottish families seeking a new life — were  buried hastily at sea, schools of sharks, it was said, followed the stricken vessel all the way across the Indian Ocean.

When news of the ‘fever ship’ reached Melbourne, the city went into a panic. Typhus could wipe out a crowded city such as theirs — just the mention of the word filled people with dread.

Special editions of the papers were printed to tell the grisly story of the ill-fated vessel to transfixed readers. Forbidden to come into port, Ticonderoga was forced to anchor near Portsea where her remaining passengers were either nursed back to health or allowed to die.

In its day, the Ticonderoga was the most dramatic, most tragic true story of our maritime history.

Today, h ...more
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