The Canton was a 3-masted ship of 506 ton. She was 122' 6" long and 30' 6" wide. On 15 December, 1837, under Captain J. Mordaunt, the Canton sailed from Gravesend, in Kent, for South Australia. On 22 May, 1838, 143 passengers disembarked at Glenelg, South Australia.

Among those passengers was Emanuel Case, aged 22, an agricultural labourer from Corscombe, in Dorset, England. In 1844 he married Jane Starr and there are well over 700 of their descendants in our family tree (plus more to be found!).