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Convict Ship Captain Cook 1832 


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Embarked: 200 men
Voyage: 154 days
Deaths: 2
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Tons: 451
Previous vessel: Portland arrived 26 March 1832
Next vessel: Burrell arrived 20 May 1832
Master William Steward  
Surgeon Superintendent Ebenezer Johnstone K.T.S.
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The Captain Cook was built at Whitby in 1826.  Convicts were transported to New South Wales on the Captain Cook  in 1832, 1833 and 1836.  

The Guard boarded the Captain Cook at Deptford on 10th September 1831.  The Guard consisted of 1 sergeant, 1 corporal and 8 privates of the 4th regt., 8 privates of 17th regt, 3 women and 2 children under the orders of Lieut. Gibbons of 49th regiment. Passengers included Mrs. Gibbons and three children.  Select here to find convict ships bringing detachments of the 4th regiment.

After embarking the Guard at Deptford, the Captain Cook proceeded to Dublin where 200 male prisoners were embarked on 27th October 1831.

The prisoners on the Captain Cook came from cities and towns throughout Ireland. They were held in county prisons before being transferred to the hulk to await transportation. In May 1832 after complaints were made as to the state in which prisoners were transmitted from the county gaols to the hulks, new orders were issued regarding the transfer of prisoners and it was expected that they would be free of disease and fit to embark and that they would be clean, adequately clothed with their hair cut close. There were to be no transfers on Sundays, no spirits or tobacco would be allowed on the road and knives and other dangerous articles were taken from them, however when the prisoners of the Captain Cook were transferred in 1831 the old system was still in place and they probably arrived at the hulk poorly clothed and already ill.

Their crimes were mostly of theft, assault, house robbery, vagrancy, forgery and embezzlement. There were no prisoners convicted of white boy crimes on the Captain Cook.

There were ten very young convicts on the voyage -
James White, James Murray, Hugh McGurdy, Arthur Finn and Michael Dunn were all sixteen years of age;
John Kelly was fifteen;
Adam Ballantyne and Thomas Cox were both thirteen years of age.
The youngest two were only 12 years old - James Corcoran and Michael Clancy, both errand boys from Dublin convicted of stealing; both in following years were punished severely for colonial crimes.

Ebenezer Johnstone kept a Medical Journal from 28 October 1831 to 15 April 1832..... On the 5th November they departed Dublin and shortly afterwards experienced very bad weather and being unable to keep to sea were obliged to put into Milford Haven on the 8th where they remained wind bound until 27th November 1831.

The surgeon remarked that the general health of the convicts was extremely good, having a better diet than they usually were accustomed to because they were in port. Quite a few suffered from catarrh which the surgeon attributed to the defective clothing they were supplied with in Dublin. As they entered the Tropics the prisoners suffered severely from seasickness and constipation, several of the cases from seasickness being old men becoming very reduced and debilitated required cordials and additional diet. During January the men continued extremely healthy, diseases chiefly from exposure of the head to the sun, and vertigo, which was relieved by the use of lancet, free evacuation and cold applications, several of the elderly prisoners began to show scorbutic symptoms and complained much of debility.

In February and March 1832 there was hazy drizzly weather and several days of heavy rain.

Two prisoners died on the passage out - Francis McCormick and Joseph Murphy. The surgeon attributed the death of one of them to an addiction to gambling his provisions - the prisoner's health had at first improved under the surgeon's care, however the man managed to obtain an opportunity of either losing his allowance or obtaining a double or triple quantity which invariably aggravated his complaints.

The Captain Cook arrived in Port Jackson on 2 April 1832 and the prisoners were mustered by the Colonial Secretary on 6th April 1832. Indents include information such as name, age, religion, education, marital status, family, native place, trade, offence, date and place of trial, sentence, prior convictions and physical description. There is no information in the indents as to where and to whom the prisoners were assigned on arrival. There is occasional information about colonial crimes, deaths, pardons, etc.

Prisoners were landed on Monday 16th April 1832 and inspected by the Governor before being assigned to various settlers and government employment.

The Captain Cook departed Sydney for Launceston 15th May 1832 and departed there on 8th August and St. Helena 1st September arriving back in England late January 1833.

Ebenezer Johnstone was also employed as surgeon on the convict ships William Miles in 1828 (VDL) and Manlius in 1830 (VDL)    

Notes and Links:

1). Seventy-seven prisoners who arrived on the Captain Cook in 1832 have so far been identified as residing in the Hunter region in the following two decades.   Select HERE to find more about Hunter Valley convicts/ passengers of the Captain Cook.  

2). Belfast Sessions - Sentences - William John Bell , George Saunders, John Gurney, Archer Finn, and Hugh McGrady, all for larceny, sentenced to seven years' transportation each - Belfast Newsletter 26 July 1831  

3). Bushranger John McIntyre also arrived on the Captain Cook  

4). Dublin - Recorder's Court - Patrick Donohoe, for felony, sentenced to 7 years transportation - Freeman's Journal 28 June 1831.

5). Convict Ships bringing detachments of the 4th (King's Own) Regiment.....

Date/Place of Departure Convict Ship Command of the Guard
29 April 1831 Cork Jane Captain George Mason
17 July 1831 Portsmouth Surry Captain Waldron 38th regt.,
6 August 1831 Cork Asia Captain Richard Chetwode
15 October 1831 Norfolk Lieut. David William Lardy 4th regt.,
5 November 1831 Dublin Captain Cook Lieut. Gibbons 49th regt.,
27 November 1831 Portsmouth Portland  
27 November 1831 Cork Isabella Captain William Clarke 4th regt.,
14 December 1831 Dublin Bussorah Merchant Lieut. William Lonsdale 4th regt.,
7 February 1832 Downs John Lieut. George Baldwin 31st regt.,
15 March 1832 Portsmouth Lady Harewood Lieut. Lowth 38th regt.,
18 March 1832 Cork City of Edinburgh Lieut. Bayliss
9 May 1832 Portsmouth Clyde Lieut-Colonel Mackenzie
10 May 1832 Cork Eliza Lieut. Hewson
16 June 1832 Portsmouth Planter Lieuts. Bullin & Irvine 38th regt.,
19 June 1832 Downs Hercules Lieut. Gibson 4th regt.,
1 July 1832 Dublin Dunvegan Castle Lieut. Thomas Faunce 4th regt.,
28 July 1832 Sheerness Parmelia Captain Young 38th regt.,
12 March 1833 Sheerness Waterloo Captain Mondilhan 54th regt.,

6).  New Orders for prisoners transmitted from county gaols to hulks and depots - 1832....



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