by Jon Malings
Transcribed from The Argus, Melbourne,  Friday, 17th April, 1891 

The S. S. Deddington
The steamship Deddington, which visited this port a few months ago,  has again arrived in port. On this, as on the previous occasion, she is from Java sugar laden. The voyage has not been of a particularly cheerful character, owing to the spread of illness on the board. While the steamer was at Batavia one of the crew was taken ill with malarial fever, and before long it had gone the length and breadth of the ship. Out of 22 hands all told, the only ones who escaped were the chief officer, the carpenter, and one of the firemen. There are six firemen in the stokehold, and during the voyage half of this number were laid aside from work more or less. All are convalescent now, but Captain Wright is still very weak from the severe attack he had. The Deddington left Newcastle for Batavia, and went thence to Tagal, where she discharged her cargo of coal. From Tagal she proceeded to Sourabaya, her first port of loading, and then went on to Passaroean and Probolingo, where she completed taking in cargo. The dates of departure from the loading ports are—Sourabaya 20th ult., Passaroean 22nd ult., and Probolingo 26th ult. The winds in crossing the Indian Ocean were light, until rounding Cape Leuwin on the 6th inst., when strong adverse winds and heavy head seas set in, and against these the steamer had to contend nearly all the way along.  Mr. G. Gilson is chief engineer, and Mr. A Taylor is chief officer. The Deddington was cleared in quarantine at the Heads and on being cleared in the bay she went up the river to the wharf. The agents are Messrs. S. De Beer and Co.