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The Brig Amity

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THE BRIG AMITY (R8x40) John Brenchley (2016), Published In "The Reel".

1- 8 1s set and cross RH, cast to 2nd place and turn RH to finish side by side in centre right hands joined facing 1st corners. 2s up 5-6
9-12 1s set to 1st corners and pass RSh to change places, 2M and 3L give RH and turn a ¼ to finish side by side right hands joined facing 3M and 2L respectively
13-16 2L and 3L + 2M and 3M set and passing RSh change places, 2L and 3M ¼ RH turn to finish side by side right hands joined facing 1L and 1M respectively
17-20 1L and 2L + 1M and 3M set and pass RSH to change places
21-24 1s turn 1 and ½ RH to face 1st corner positions
25-28 1s 2L and 3M ½ RSh diagonal reel of 4, on bar 28 1s pass RSh to face 2nd corner
29-32 1s 3L and 2M ½ RSh diagonal reel of 4, on bar 32 1s pass RSh to face partner's 1st corner positions
33-36 1s 2L and 3M ½ RSh diagonal reel of 4, on bar 36 1s join RH
37-40 1s turn RH 1½ to 2 place while 2s and 3s set and cross RH


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A brig is a sailing vessel with two square-rigged masts. During the Age of Sail, brigs were seen as fast and manoeuvrable and were used as both naval warships and merchant vessels.

Amity was built as a brig of 148 tons and was launched at St John's, New Brunswick, in 1816. In 1823 she was purchased by the Scottish Ralston Family to be fitted out for their emigration to Van Diemen's Land (The name was changed from Van Diemen's Land to Tasmania in 1856).

Under the command of Captain McMeckan she departed from Stranraer in southern Scotland on 15 November 1823, across the Atlantic Ocean to Rio de Janeiro and arriving in Hobart exactly five months later on 15 April 1824.

Amity was wrecked after running aground on an uncharted sandbar now called Vansittart Shoals near Vansittart Island, north of Van Diemen's Land (later Tasmania) in 1845.

The township of Amity and locality of Amity Point on North Stradbroke Island near Brisbane, Queensland, are named after the ship and there are six streets in Brisbane named Amity.

The 38th Australian Winter School in 2013, was held in Amity House, Albany Residential College, Thomas Street, Albany, Western Australia.

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Amity Brig,
Amity Replica At Albany, Western Australia

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