Embarked 140 men; 7 re-landed
Voyage 126 days
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Tons: 301 Crew 24 men
Previous vessel: Waterloo arrived 30 April 1831
Next vessel: Camden arrived 25 July 1831
Master Robert Cock
Surgeon Superintendent John Stephenson
The prisoners to be embarked on the Eleanor were from the counties of Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, and Wiltshire. They took part in the agricultural protests that became known as the Captain Swing Riots in 1830 - 1831. The name 'Swing Riots' was derived from the name that was often appended to the threatening letters sent to farmers, magistrates, parsons, and others, by the fictitious Captain Swing, who was regarded as the mythical figurehead of the movement. 
Some men were executed for their part in the riots and hundreds were transported to Australia. Hundreds more were incarcerated in prisons in England.
After trial prisoners for transportation were transferred from various county prisons to the Hulks moored in the Thames. Some of those tried at Reading on 27th December were admitted to the Hardy hulk late in January and transferred to the Eleanor after only one day on the hulk. By the 10th February 140 prisoners had been embarked. This number was too great for the prisons and seven were returned to the York hulk.
All of the prisoners embarked on the Eleanor in England had been convicted of machine breaking. Most of them were in their 20s and 30s with a few who were older. Thomas Whattey was the youngest at seventeen years of age. Many were married. They left behind friends and families devastated by their absence and communities decimated after the swift turn of events.
This was John Stephenson's second voyage as surgeon-superintendent on a convict ship. He joined the Eleanor at Deptford on the 8th January 1831.
The Rev. John Christian Simon Handt embarked on the 10th of February 1831. His appointment as Missionary to the Aborigines was announced in the Missionary Register in that same month......Church Miss. Soc. The Committee having undertaken, at the instance of His Majesty's Government, a Mission to the Aborigines of New Holland, the Rev. John Christian Simon Handt, late of the German Mission at Liberia, embarked at Portsmouth for Port Jackson, on board the Eleanor, Convict Ship, Captain Cook, on the 10th of February. The Convicts on board the Eleanorwere sentenced to transportation under the late Special Commissions; and a passage in that vessel was readily granted to Mr. Handt by Viscount Goderich, with a view of providing religious instruction for these unhappy exiles during the voyage.
On the 20th January the military guard Commanded by Lieutenant Stuart of the 46th regiment, four non-commissioned officers and 24 privates with four women and six children were embarked. Later the number of women was increased to six and the children to ten. Total number on the ship amounted to 205 people.
A description of a village as the military pass through was published in Eliza Cook's Journal in 1850. Although they had taken place twenty years previously the events of the Swing Riots and devastating aftermath were fresh in the villagers' memories.......
Our march from Brighton to Birmingham occupied eight, nine, or ten days. I had seen but little of rural England before that time; and though that was but a glimpse, compared with what I have since seen, it was fresh, vivid, and impressive. I retain it to this day distinctly; and can at will, sitting by the hearth, looking dreamily into the fire, or vacantly upon a book, draw out the whole line of country before me; the villages, road-side inns, half-way houses where we halted to rest, swinging sign-boards, village greens, broad commons, cross roads, finger-posts, travellers journeying with us and telling where a gibbet once was, where some highwayman - still a hero of tradition - once ruled the road, and robbed the high sheriff, or villagers shrinking out of sight with the recollection of the swing riots of 1830 and 1831 still fresh, - with the dread still upon them of the special commission, accompanied by soldiers, which had consigned a few to the gallows, many to the hulks, and at end had probably missed the chiefs who fired the rick-yards or led the multitudes to break the thrashing mills - some of these chiefs now look upon us from a distance without any desire to come nearer.