Burmah (ship)

Burmah (ship)

The Burmah was a passenger ship, which disappeared en route from England to New Zealand in 1859 or 1860.

Last voyage

The Burmah was chartered by Willis,Gann & Co. line. The ship left London for New Zealand on the 27th or 28 August 1859. Burmah was seen by the ship Regina on the 17th of November, about 14 days sailing distance west of New Zealand, at 97E 48S. The Regina passed icebergs the day after it passed Burmah. Burmah never arrived at New Zealand and was officially declared lost by Lloyds on May 6, 1860.

Burmah was carrying passengers and an assortment of breeding livestock.

The novelist Samuel Butler was booked to travel on the Burmah to New Zealand, but he changed to a different ship, the Roman Emperor at the last moment, and therefore avoided the wreck of the Burmah.


  1. Otago Witness 10 October 1859 p.4
  2. Otago Witness 11 February 1860 p.5
  3. Otago Witness 4 August 1860
  4. Lyttelton Times 28 January 1860

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