|The Captain Cook was built at
Whitby in 1826. The Captain Cook transported convicts to
New South Wales in 1832,
1833 and 1836
The Captain Cook departed Deptford on 7 June 1836
and embarked convicts at Dublin and at Cork, 229 convicts in all.
The Guard consisted Captain William Harvie
Christie, Lieutenant Hawkins, 40 rank and file of the 80th regiment
and 5 of the 50th regiment, 6 women and 4 children.
Passengers included Dr. Reid of 80th regiment, Mrs. Reid and Mrs.
Christie. Select here
to find more about William Harvie Christie
National Army Museum holds three copies of a typescript copy of
the Diary of Col W Christie, 4 Jun 1836-14 Nov 1836 when he
commanded the escort for the convicts consigned to Botany Bay;
included is a detailed description of the journey to Australia with
information on the conditions, lay-out of the ship and incidents of
Arthur Savage kept a Medical Journal from 4 June
to 19 November 1836. He remarked that the provisions were
excellent and the water exceedingly fine, although they had much
rain and foul weather in September and October 1836.
those mentioned in the surgeon's journal include:
Forster aged 2. Died at sea 22nd August 1836
convict aged 32. Treated for Fever 11th July 1836
John Doohig, convict aged 50. Treated for retention of urine
14th July 1836
John Rowley, Private of the 80th regiment.
Treated for Rheumatism 18th July 1836
Private 80th regiment aged 34. Treated for fever 27 July 1836
Francis Collins, convict . Treated for obstipatio 2 August 1836
Joseph Maggeson, Private of 80th regiment aged 30. Treated for a
lacerated wound to his right wrist which was damaged by the bursting
of a small brass cannon on 24 August 1836
convict aged 20. Treated for opthalmia 20 September 1836
Aikin convict aged 24. Treated for icterus 18th September. Sent to
Hospital 15th November 1836.
William Waters. Private of 80th
regiment aged 28. Treated for pneumonia 20 September 1836
Edward Patterson. Convict aged 31. - A man of color of herculean
strength. Complains of pain in the left thigh and general febrile
symptoms. Says he has had cold chills for several days back. There
is increased heat of the part which is the external and middle.
Whilst in Gaol he made a desperate effort to escape by leaping from
a high wall and received a compound fracture of the affected thigh.
The limb thereby became shortened by about 3 1/2 inches. He is
of most violent temper and sets all rules at defiance. Discharged to
hospital 14th November 1836
Timothy Buckley, convicted
aged 23. Died at sea from scurvy on 25th October 1836.
Rawlins, Private 28th regiment aged 48. Treated for scurvy.
Discharged to the military hospital 14th November 1836
Cook departed Cork on 5 July 1836. It was to be voyage of
intrigue and high drama. The Sydney Herald later published
a letter from 'an emigrant', with an eye-witness account of an
attempted mutiny that took place on the Captain Cook........
|A few days after leaving Cork,
it was reported to the Hospital attendant, John Pollen,
formerly an Officer of the 48th Regiment, who served with
distinction in the Peninsula, that the Convicts, incited by
several who had previously been transported to this Colony,
intended to take the vessel; the circumstance was mentioned
by this person to the Doctor and the Officers of the Guard,
who instructed him to be on the alert, but as nothing more
occurred at that time, it was concluded that the report was
false. Pollen, however, observing that there were small
parties of the Convicts grouped together in earnest
conversation, which ceased the moment that any other person
approached them, felt assured that the report was not
groundless. And one night, when near the Madeiras, overheard
one of them say that they, (the mutineers) must all be sworn
in, and that they would then overpower the Guard and ship's
company, and take the vessel to America; they were
accordingly sworn in, and one Saturday, when near the
Equator, it was agreed that the boatswain (a Convict) who
had charge of the prison doors, was to throw them open;
then they were to, make the rush. A man of the name of
Dogherty was to have the command of the party attacking the
cuddy, and they were to put all to death; (Lawrence) Higgins
the command of the party attacking the poop, and Hamilton,
an old soldier, with a man of the name of Murphy, were to
head the party attacking the Guard and sailors below, to
whom no mercy was to be shewn; in fact everybody was to be
butchered, but the women and three sailors; the sailors on
coming in sight of America were to " walk the plank”.
Pollen immediately informed the Doctor and Officers of
the Guard of the murderous intentions and thirty-eight of
the ringleaders were placed in irons. On finding that their
designs were frustrated, several of them confessed the
particulars as above stated, and their depositions were
taken. Notwithstanding the precaution of ironing them they
still persisted in their murderous intentions; and on coming
towards the Cape of Good Hope; they were determined to make
an attack, as they said that if the remainder would stand
firm, that their irons were of no consequence; these
preparations for the second attack, were again reported by
Pollen. Their manoeuvring was quite visible both to the
Doctor and Officers on board, so to prevent bloodshed, they
were handcuffed two by two, and remained so till they
arrived in Sydney.
There is no doubt they would have
succeeded but for the vigilance of Pollen, and the activity
and courage of the Officers and Guard, who displayed great
coolness and determination on the occasion.
The Captain Cook arrived in Sydney on 13 November 1836
with 228 male prisoners. It was reported that 32 prisoners had been
involved in the mutiny. Sixteen of them were sent to Goat Island on
Notes & Links:
1). Arthur Savage was also
employed as surgeon on the convict ships John 1833 (VDL)
and Norfolk 1835 (VDL)
2). Nathanial Wils
(Willis) and Francis Emerson, privates of the 14th found guilty at
the Cork Assizes, of stealing a watch, clothes, and money from
Lieut. Lloyd of that Regiment, are sentenced to transportation for
seven years. - Connaught Telegraph 30 March 1836
Hunter Valley convicts and passengers arriving on the Captain Cook
4). Obituary of
old colonist who for many years occupied a leading position in our
community and numbered a large circle of friends, has just passed
away. William Harvie Christie (more familiarly known to us all as '
Major Christie'), after a long and painful illness, lasting for
about eighteen months, died suddenly of heart disease, at his
residence, Craigstone, Pyrmont, on Wednesday evening, the 19th March
Read the full obituary in the Sydney Mail 29 March 1873.
5). Detachments of the
50th regiment arrived on the
Lady Kennaway and
6). Detachments of the 80th regiment
arrived the Lady Kennaway,
Bengal Merchant, Asia,