Renowned writer, historian and performer, Michael Veitch, brings his one-man show Hell Ship to Tamworth audiences. It tells the true story of one of the most dramatic, yet now forgotten chapters of Australia’s early maritime history.
Hell Ship is the tale of hardship and heroism, survival and love following the three-month voyage of the emigrant clipper Ticonderoga from Liverpool to Port Phillip Bay in 1852. By the time the ship reached Australia, with mainly Highland Scots emigrants on board, the Ticonderoga was a floating catastrophe. Shortly after crossing the equator, typhus erupted throughout her decks, and within weeks almost 100 voyagers had perished and were buried at sea, with schools of sharks stalking the Ticonderoga across the ocean.
Thoroughly researched by Michael, this is mainly the story of two people: Annie Morrison, a young Scots nurse and Ticonderoga’s official surgeon, James William Henry Veitch, and their tireless efforts in saving lives. These two historical figures went on to marry, becoming Michael Veitch’s great-great grandparents.
With a stunning soundtrack arranged and performed live by Michael’s son, Thomas Veitch, the show’s emotions and history run deep with a moving and profound story that will touch audiences everywhere.