Embarked: 260 men
Voyage: 128 days
Surgeon's Journal: Yes
Previous vessel: Captain Cook arrived 25 August 1833
Next vessel: Buffalo arrived 5 October 1833
Captain Robert McCarthy
Surgeon Superintendent George Roberts
The prisoners embarked on the Heroine had been held in the prison hulks moored in the river. Some of those in the Justitia hulk were transferred to the Heroine on the 23 April 1833. The total number of convicts embarked were two hundred and sixty from Woolwich, Chatham and Sheerness between the 22nd of April and 1st May 1833.
The Guard consisted of 29 rank and file of the 21st Fusiliers under orders of Capt. Mackay. Mrs. Mackay and Lieutenant Reynolds of the 2nd or Queen's Royals came passengers.
The Heroine departed Portsmouth on 15th May 1833.
Surgeon George Roberts
George Roberts kept a Medical Journal from 6th April to 7 October 1833 -
At first their appearance was unfavourable although their health in general was tolerable, and after being on board a short time they were much improved. Four deaths occurred during the voyage to Sydney, two from Phthisis, one from Hydrothorax and a fourth from scorbutus, the latter disease was very prevalent on board towards the end of the voyage. Those advanced in years and others who had been subject to irregularities in life, suffered in a greater degree, in all the cases the vitric of vinegar was exhibited to the fullest extent which appeared to check the disease in some but in others it had no apparent effect. Frequent ablution with warm water and soap relieved the pain of the limbs.
Six cases of small pox appeared on board during the voyage, the first occurred immediately after quitting the channel and the other cases at intervals of ten or twelve days, the whole of the cases ran their course very regular, without any very unfavourable symptoms appearing. Great care was taken immediately the disease appearing to separate the affected person from the rest of the prisoners, and confine him closely to the Hospital. On the patient being free from disease and previous to quitting the Hospital, his person with his wearing apparel and bedding were thoroughly washed, and afterwards freely fumigated with the chloride of lime and hot vinegar, four cases out of the six were ascertained to have been vaccinated.
The Heroine arrived in Port Jackson on 19th September 1833, a voyage of 128 days. The vessel was quarantined on arrival because of the small pox, however as there had been no cases for two months past and the clothes of the infected were burnt, the vessel was released. They came into the Cove on Friday 20 September 1833.
The prisoners were mustered on Wednesday 25th September and were to be landed early in the following week.
By October it was reported that 227 of the prisoners were assigned to private service; 7 were in Hospital; 10 were unfit for assignment; and 12 were sent to Carter's Barracks.
Notes and Links
1). George Roberts was employed as Surgeon Superintendent on four convict ship voyages to Australia: Lord Melville to NSW in 1830
Gilmore to VDL in 1832 Heroine to NSW in 1833
Waterloo to VDL in 1835 Waterloo to NSW in 1836