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CONVICT SHIP GENERAL STEWART 1818
 

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Embarked: 149 men
Voyage: 165 days
Deaths: 3
Surgeon's Journal: no
Tons: 635
Previous vessel: Martha arrived 24 December 1818
Next vessel: Tyne arrived 4 January 1819
Captain Robert Grainger
Surgeon Superintendent Andrew Smith
Convicts transported on the General Stewart (also known as General Stuart) came from different counties throughout England - Oxford, Sussex, Wiltshire, Southampton, Middlesex, Lancaster, Devon, Dorset, Cambridge etc., Many were held in county gaols before being transported to one of the Hulks to await transportation.

Richard Morris, William Evans, George Rowley, John Kendall, Henry Millicamp, Thomas Humphreys and Charles Robins were all tried at Shrewsbury on 18 March 1818.

They were held in a county gaol until 25th May when they were sent to the Hulk Leviathan moored at Portsmouth. They were transferred to the General Stewart for transportation to New South Wales on 29th June 1818.

William Marson, James Cook, Charles Smith and Frederick Allen had been tried at Newgate on 7th April. They spent a longer period of time in the hulk as they were sent on 21st April 1818. They were also transferred to the General Stewart for transportation on 29th June 1818.

The General Stewart  departed from Portsmouth 19th July 1818. They touched at St. Helena and stayed six days, and after a tedious passage of more than 5 months arrived in Sydney on New Years Eve - 31st December 1818.

The surgeon employed on the voyage was Andrew Smith who had superintendence of 246 male prisoners; three convicts died on the passage out also one sailor and a boy belonging to the ship was drowned. This was Andrew Smith's only voyage as Surgeon Superintendent on a convict ship.

The Sydney Gazette reported that on Wednesday 13th January, at 10 am -

 'His Excellency the Governor (Lachlan Macquarie) inspected the prisoners who had that morning been landed from the General Stewart and the Tyne; all of whom were reported to be in a perfectly healthy state, denoting the humane and judicious attention they had received on their voyage. His Excellency, on the muster of the General Stewart's people, enquired whether they had any complaints against the Surgeon Superintendent, under whose guidance they had been especially placed; or against the Officer of the military guard; or against the Commander of the ship or his Officers; which demand was answered by a universal cry of "no, no, no, none, none whatever". We are sorry to add however that several of the men were distinguished from the others for a most daring and insulting demeanour towards the commander of the guard, and the detachment under his orders; for which they were directed to be placed in the gaol gang during His Excellency's pleasure with the assurance that their removal from thence would depend on a reformed conduct.'

The guard was a detachment of the 84th regiment under orders of Captain Arthur Bernard.   Lieut. Beamish (who came on the Morley) and Captain Bernard came into conflict with Captain Robert Grainger regarding victualling of the soldiers during the voyage and their dispute continued after arrival with lengthy correspondence to the Governor and threatened legal action.

Other detachments of the 84th arrived on the Tyne in 1819,  Surry in 1819, Lord Sidmouth in 1819 and the Coromandel in 1820

Passengers included D.A.C.G.  George Hull wife Ann and two ch


Passengers on the General Stewart included Mr. and Mrs. Panton and family who had the unhappiness to lose on the passage out, their infant son George Kerr Panton.

The Lord Sidmouth and the General Stewart were expected to sail for Europe via Calcutta on 17 April 1819.  


Notes & Links:

1). Captain Bernard returned to England on the Shipley with 220 men of the 84th regiment including Lieutenants Beamish, McGregor and Andrews of the 84th and Drs.
Robert Espie, Andrew Smith, William Hamilton, Thomas C. Roylance, Henry Ryan, Morgan Price, John Johnston and John Whitmarsh

2). Find out about bushranger John Rideout who arrived on the General Stewart.

3). Other Hunter Valley convicts arriving on the General Stewart in 1818 included Frederick Allen, John Birch, William Booth, Thomas Bromfield, John Callaghan, William Clayton, Richard Curtain, Henry Daley, William Daley, Joel Dixon, George Eastcott, William Evans, William Francis, George Frost, Joseph Glasspoole, James Gossip, William Grace, Thomas Hall, John Harris, James Holt, William Huddlestone, John Johnson, John Kemp, John Kendall, Henry Knott, Joseph Legg, Benjamin Lawrence, William Marks, Joseph Marson, Charles Martin, John Martin, Thomas McGowan, Henry Rampart, Maurice Ready, James Richardson, Charles Robins, James Robinson, George Rowley, Murgay Rampling, George Sharpe, George Sims, James Sutton, William Taylor, John Thompson, Henry Town, Thomas Waite, William Wall, George Webb, William Webster, John White, William Windley, and Isaac Wisheart.

4). William White alias Thomas Long arrived on the General Stewart as a convict. In February 1821 he escaped from the colony with another convict Peter Penneys as stowaway on the Dromedary which was returning to England. Select here to read about their harrowing ordeal on the Dromedary. They were discovered and handed over to the authorities on arrival in England. Both men were later re-transported on the Asia in 1822 and were sent immediately to Port Macquarie on arrival.

5).  Return of Convicts of the General Stewart assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 5 July 1832).....

James Poulter, cattle dealer. Assigned to Samuel Terry at Sydney
Minjoy Ramplin, Gunflint maker assigned to Michael Malony at Mulgoa


   
 



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