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Convict Ship Caledonia 1820


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Convict Ship Caledonia 1820


Embarked 150 men
Voyage 130 days
Deaths 0
Surgeon's Journal - No
Master Robert Carnes
Surgeon Superintendent
Alexander Jack

The Caledonia departed Portsmouth on 10 July 1820


The military party consisted of thirty-three non-commissioned officers and privates of the 48th regiment, under orders of Brevet-Major Wheatstone of the 53rd regt, whose wife and family accompanied him.

Convict Ships bringing other detachments of the 48th regt., included:

Pilot under orders of Lieut Franklin of the 69th regt.,
Caledonia under orders of Brevet-Major Wheatstone of te 53rd regt.,
Dorothy under orders of Lieut. Holdsworth of the 82nd regt.,
Larkins under orders of Captain John Brabyn of the Royal Veterans
Lady Castlereagh under orders of Lieut. Brotheridge of the 48th
Agamemnon under orders of Lieut. Keays of 47th regt.,
Guildford under orders of Lieut. Vincent of the 48th regt.,
Isabella under orders of Lieut. Reeve
Prince Regent under orders of Cornet M.C. Chambers of the 21st light dragoons
Baring under orders of Captain Charles Coates of the 89th regt.,
Hebe under orders of Lieut. Campbell of 59th regt.,
Neptune under orders of Lieut. Rice
Hadlow under orders of Captain McDougall
Mangles under orders of Lieut. Matthews of the 59th regt.


The Caledonia arrived in Hobart on 17 November 1820 with 150 male prisoners all in a healthy state, except four who were sent to the General Hospital.[1]


After disembarking the convicts, the Caledonia proceeded to Sydney, anchoring there late on the night of 16th December 1820. 

The Caledonia returned to Van Diemen's Land with prisoners in 1822.


1). This was Captain Carnes' second voyage with prisoners, having brought 170 male prisoners two years previously on the Neptune.

2). Convicts and passengers of the Caledonia identified in the Hunter Valley

3). George Macdonald came free on the Caledonia as Sergeant and Quartermaster of the 48th regiment. A grant of land was reserved for him in 1825. (CSI)


The Hobart Town Gazette and Southern Reporter (Tas. : 1816 - 1821) Sat 18 Nov 1820 Page 2



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