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Convict Ship Guildford 1827 

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Embarked: 190 men
Voyage: 116 days
Deaths: 1
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Previous vessel: Countess of Harcourt arrived 28 June 1827
Next vessel: Marquis of Hastings arrived 31 July 1827
Captain Magnus Johnson
Surgeon Superintendent Charles Linton

This was the seventh of eight voyages of the Guildford bringing convicts to New South Wales. The others being in 1812 1816, 1818, 1820, 1822, 1824 and 1829.

It was reported on 10th February that the Guildford was being fitted up in the River in preparation for taking male prisoners to New South Wales. The Guildford  departed London on 24th March and Plymouth on 31 March 1827.

The Guard consisted of Captain John Douglas Forbes, Surgeon Hamilton and 30 men of the of 39th regiment. Select here to find other convict ships bringing detachments of the 39th regiment to New South Wales.

Charles Linton kept a Medical Journal from 7 March to 15 August 1827. He wrote a detailed report of the conditions on the Guildford.

Of ventilation he wrote:
The width and height of the Guildford between decks was very favourable for keeping the prison well ventilated. I have had difficulty however in getting the windsails mounted and kept property trim and attended to during the passage - from the criminal want of activity in the Master and his Mates, from whom I received very little efficient assistance of any kind during the whole voyage. I consequently was obliged on all cases of the most trifling nature to attend to every minute detail myself in order for the preservation of health. I regret to say that the hospital was very imperfectly ventilated during almost one third of the first part of the passage in consequence of the ship having a forecastle deck over the hospital. The grated scuttle on the upper deck of the Hospital being rendered completely useless from the sailors being allowed to berth under the forecastle by this means their scuttle was almost constantly closed up by the sailors. It was a nuisance I could not get remedied before our arrival at the Equator notwithstanding repeated remonstrances and applications to the Master on the subject. I proposed to have had this remedied before the Guildford sailed from Sheerness, having recommended a wooden square tube to be carried up from the Hospital Scuttle to that of the Forecastle by which means constant ventilation could have been ensured and all communication with the seamen cut off. The Master however refused to comply with this request and as the Dispatch had arrived, I had not time to communicate with the Navy Board on the subject. When this tube was at length put up, I found great advantage from its use and subsequently the vessel was kept in the most perfect state of ventilation.

One prisoner, John Towns died on the voyage out (on 25th June) after suffering dysentery. One hundred and eighty-nine prisoners eventually reached Port Jackson on 25 July 1827 after a voyage of 116 days.

The prisoners were mustered on board by the Colonial Secretary Alexander McLeay on 28th July. Convict indents include the name, age, education, religion, marital status, family, native place, occupation, offence, when and where tried, sentence, prior convictions, physical descriptions and to whom assigned on arrival. Sixteen prisoners were under the age of 16 years of age. The youngest two were William Johnson and George MacFarland who were only 14 years old.  

Notes and Links:

1). Third Mate on the Guildford was George Lynch Cotton.

2). Charles Linton was also surgeon on the Surry in 1823

3). Diary of John Douglas Forbes, Captain of the Guard of the 39th Regiment available at NLA Australia

4). Private Benjamin Roden, 39th regiment arrived on the Guildford

5). Select here to find out more about Bushranger William Atkinson who arrived on the Guildford

6). Henry Phantom, John Andrews, and William Andrews were all transported on the Guildford. Select Untold Lives Blog, British Library to find out more about their crimes.

7). Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Guildford in 1827

8). Seventeen convict ships arrived in New South Wales in 1827 - Grenada, Brothers, Albion, Midas, Mariner, Countess of Harcourt, Guildford, Marquis of Hastings, Princess Charlotte, Manlius, Cambridge, Harmony, Prince Regent, Champion, Eliza, John and the Louisa

9). Return of Convicts of the Guildford assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832; 28 June 1832).....

John Brooks Cabinet maker assigned to Major Mitchell in Sydney
Isaac Hendall (Hindle) (Hurdle) Farmer's man and weaver assigned to Cooper and Levy at Sydney
Thomas Jenkins Farmer's labourer assigned to William Bateman senior at Parramatta
Peter Price Shoemaker's boy assigned to John Webb at Sydney

10). Convict ships bringing detachments of the 39th regiment included the following............

Departed Vessel Command
Dublin 16 March 1826 Regalia Lieutenant William Sacheverell Coke
Downs 6 May 1826 England Major George Pitt D'Arcy
Sheerness 16 May 1826 Marquis of Huntley Major Donald MacPherson
Cork 29 June 1826 Boyne Captain Thomas Edward Wright
Sheerness 8 August 1826 Speke Lieutenant Henry Clarence Scarman
Dublin 27 August 1826 Phoenix Lieutenant Charles Cox
Plymouth 4 October 1826 Albion Captain Francis Crotty
Plymouth 16 October 1826 Midas Lieutenant George Meares Bowen
Cork 14 January 1827 Mariner Captain Charles Sturt
Dublin 14 February 1827 Countess of Harcourt Ensign Spencer
Plymouth 31 March 1827 Guildford Captain John Douglas Forbes
Downs 17 April 1827 Manlius Quarter-master Benjamin Lloyd
Dublin 2 June 1827 Cambridge Colonel Patrick Lindesay
London 3 June 1827 Champion Ensign Reid
London 27 March 1828 Bussorah Merchant Ensign W. Kennedy Child
Dublin 15 September 1828 Sophia Major Thomas Poole



1). Captain Forbes died in 1837...... The Gentleman's Magazine


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