|Gilbert King kept a Medical Journal from 3
August 1836 to 18 January 1837.
The Eden departed
Deptford on 14 August 1836 and anchored off Woolwich shortly
afterwards. The following day 180 convicts were received from shore
and they sailed again the next morning for Portsmouth. It took five
or six days to reach Portsmouth because of adverse winds.
On 22 August a further 100 convicts were received from the hulks in
Portsmouth Harbour, 'middle aged and athletic men, many of them
soldiers', completing the number of 280.
They attempted to
sail on 30 August but could not do so until the following day
because of adverse winds. These continued to be a problem until as
far as the Isles of Scilly when part of the stem of the ship was
carried away and they were forced to bear up for Plymouth Harbour
where they remained until 3rd September 1836.
suffered from sea sickness on the voyage causing scurvy to appear
shortly after crossing the equator. The surgeon treated the men by
diet, keeping them on deck as much as possible and promoting
cheerfulness with singing and dancing, however scurvy became so
prevalent as to make it absolutely necessary to call at Table Bay,
Cape of Good Hope, for fresh provisions. They arrived there on 16th
November. The stay at the Cape was short but of great benefit to the
convicts and they improved so much that Gilbert King agreed to take
an extra 22 convicts from the Cape.
They arrived at Hobart
Town on 21 December 1836 and landed at that port and at Sydney, 299
Passengers arriving on the Eden
included Captain West of 80th regiment, and Ensign Ewen of the 41st
regiment. The Guard consisted of 30 rank and file of the 80th
Other convict ships bringing detachments of the
80th regiment included the
Gilbert King was also employed as surgeon on the convict
ships Marquis of
Hastings in 1827, Lord Lyndoch in 1831 (VDL) and
Moffatt in 1838
Hunter Valley convicts arriving on the Eden in 1837