The Friendship sailed from
London for Cork at the end of March 1799. She departed Cork in
convoy with the Minerva on 24th August 1799, however
the two ships parted company on 14th September.
Friendship arrived in Port Jackson on 16 February 1800
almost a month after the arrival of the Minerva.
Nineteen prisoners had died on the passage out.
vessels arrived in New South Wales with convicts in 1800 - Porpoise,
Royal Admiral. The Friendship departed Port
Jackson bound for Bengal in May 1800.
below was kept by Captain Hugh Reed's wife and published in the
Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register for British India under the
title: "Cursory Remarks, on board the ship Friendship, H.R.----,
commander; or, the Occurrences of a Voyage from Ireland to New
South Wales, the South Sea, the Spice Islands, and Bengal, and
thence back to Europe; performed in the years 1799, 1800 and
The journal begins in June while the Friendship
was still lying at the passage of Waterford.
The rebels were to meet at
and take Parramatta and then before day light take the Barracks
at Sydney. Afterwards they planned to live on the Farms of the
Settlers until they heard from France where they had intended to
dispatch a ship. The rebels were well armed with pikes and were
to be joined by soldiers who it was planned would take the guns
to South Head and other places of security. When the
plan was revealed Governor Hunter ordered an enquiry.
One of the rebels was Patrick (Paddy) Galvin.......
......Unfinished Revolution, United Irishmen in
NSW by Anne-Maree Whittaker
Notes and Links:
1). David Collins' description of the convicts
of the Friendship.......
to read what happened to Patrick (Paddy) Galvin at the hands of
Dr. Martin after the failed rebellion
Archives - Voyages: (1) From Bengal 1800. Capt Hugh Reid. Port
Jackson 11 May 1800 - 9 Aug Malacca - 20 Aug Penang - 16 Sep
Diamond Harbour - 29 Nov Culpee - 1 Mar 1801 St Helena - 30 May