The Dempster family purchased a single masted cutter rigged craft of over 27 tonnes. James Maclean Dempster sailed from Fremantle in the Gipsey on its first voyage to Esperance Bay. He was accompanied by son William and their shepherds, engaged for the Esperance runs. On their arrival shearing was already taking place. Loaded with a full cargo of 45 bales of wool on board, Gipsey left Esperance Bay bound for Adelaide.

Rica Erickson, The Dempsters (Perth University of Western Australia Press, 1978,) p.78



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