Convict Ship Competitor 1823
Embarked 160 men
Voyage 138 days
Master William Ascough
|The Competitor departed England
on 18 March 1823 bound for Van Diemen's Land
For the last
three weeks of the voyage the prisoners and passengers alike had to
manage without the benefit of surgeon George Clayton as he died at
sea on the 8th July. Three prisoners died on the voyage.
The Competitor arrived at Hobart on 3rd August 1823 and
the prisoners were landed on the 8th August. Three prisoners
were sent to the hospital where they died soon afterwards.
One hundred and fifty-seven convicts were landed in Hobart. Their
appearance was reported to be generally healthy.
Clayton's personal effects were later auctioned in Sydney - they
included a Bayley's Dictionary, folio; and upwards of 100 volumes of
Latin, French, and English Works, principally medical; a case of
surgical instruments; wearing apparel, bed, bedding etc.
The Competitor departed Sydney on 4th February 1824 with a
full cargo of colonial produce. Passengers included the Honorable
Mr. Justice and Mrs. Field; Mrs. Ascough, wife of the Commander;
George Fairfowl, late Surgeon Superintendent of the ship
John Rodmell late Surgeon Superintendent of the
Peter Cunningham late Surgeon of
the ship Recovery; and
Mr. George Bayly son of N. Bayly.
Notes & Links:
1). George Clayton was also surgeon on the convict ships Shipley in 1817
and the Globe in 1819
2). William Ascough had previously captained the
Hunter Valley convicts arriving on the Competitor in 1823