Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
One of the ships which came to Queensland with the colonisers early on was called the Amity (early 19th century). It is now immortalised as Amity Point on North Stradbroke Island off the coast at Brisbane. The poor ship was wrecked there. So the name must have continued as a common ship's name in the Navy for centuries.
The Amity had sailed along with the Sophia, the Griffin and the Kinsale as part of the squadron led by Captain Holmes in the Henrietta bound for the West Africa. It sailed on the 25th January 1661.
The Captain was John Stokes, and no less than 38 of the crew (probably about half her compliment) had died before she cleared the Gambia and sailed for home.
(Man of War…Ollard)
The small cargo carried back (Holmes first Guinea expedition) by the various ships, most of which seems to have been on the "Amity," probably represents the only tangible results of the expedition. These goods, consisting of elephants' teeth, wax and hides sold for £1,567.8s., whereas the outlay for the expedition was probably between £4,000 and £4,500.
The Journal of Negro History, Volume 4, 1919by Various Authors
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