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Embarked: 200 men
Voyage: 127 days
Deaths: 1
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Tons: 473
Crew: 53 men
Previous vessel: James Pattison arrived 20 January 1830
Next vessel: Dunvegan Castle arrived 30 March 1830  
Captain Thomas Canney
Surgeon Superintendent Patrick McTernan
The Katherine Stewart Forbes was built in 1818.

The Katherine Stewart Forbes transported convicts to Australia on this voyage in 1830 (NSW) and to Van Diemen's Land in 1832  

Having been fitted up for the voyage ahead, the Katherine Stewart Forbes arrived in Portsmouth on 30th September 1829

Some of the convicts such as James Bulger, William Mason and John Kerman had been tried at the Old Bailey on 11 June and sent to the York Hulk; others were sent to the Leviathan. They were all embarked on the Katherine Stewart Forbes on 2nd October 1829 which departed Plymouth on 18th October 1829.  

Major Fairtclough of 63rd Regiment commanded the Guard. The Guard consisted of Ensign Jones of the 63rd and paymaster Foster of the 63rd as well as 1 sergeant., 1 corporal, 18 privates and two women of 17th Regiment and a sergeant, corporal, drummer and three women and four children of the 63rd regiment. Select here to find convicts ships bringing detachments of the 63rd regiment.

This was Patrick McTernan's third voyage as surgeon superintendent of a convict ship. He kept a Medical Journal from 18 September 1829 to 2 March 1830........

The general system of cleanliness adopted and the minute and unceasing attention paid to ventilating and cleaning the prison as well as to the personal comforts of the prisoners have in this instance been followed by the most gratifying results again. For to these circumstances must be attributed what I at present consider an unusual fact that out of so many men congregated from different jails; of different idiosyncratic habits and confined within the narrow space of a ship's lower deck with wet and damp, only thirty-six should be put on the sick list in the space of five months and only five of those cases of a serious nature.  

Convicts of the Katherine Stewart Forbes mentioned in Patrick McTernan's journal included Richard Hales (Hailes), Samuel Stains, Charles Tennant, John Martin, William Curtis, John Smith, Samuel Lee (Lea), Edward Botfield (Bosfield), Robert Gaye (Gage), William Roebuck (Rowbuck), George Stotter, William Nicholls, Philip Dignum, George Emberson, John Ware, William Hodges, Charles Hardingham, John Daltry and John Vincent  

The Katherine Stewart Forbes arrived in Port Jackson on 18 February 1830 with 199 male prisoners, one, William Rowbuck having died of epilepsy on the passage out. 

The prisoners were mustered on board by Colonial Secretary Alexander McLeay. The indents record each prisoner's name, age, religion, education, marital status, family, native place, trade, offence, date and place of trial, former convictions, physical description and to whom the men were assigned on arrival. There is also occasional information regarding conditional pardons and deaths. The youngest prisoners on the voyage were sixteen years old.  

On 23rd February 1830, the Sydney Gazette published an address written by the grateful prisoners to Patrick McTernon........
This gentleman, the Surgeon Superintendent of the Katherine Stewart Forbes, is now here on his third visit in that responsible capacity; and from the kind and skilful manner in which he has discharged the duties of his office, he has not only preserved the best order and discipline among the prisoners, but received their public and unanimous thanks. We have much pleasure in publishing the following address from the men brought out by the above named ship:

To Dr. McTernan,
Honoured Sir,
The undersigned being sensible of your great goodness, humbly solicit you to receive our united and grateful acknowledgments of our satisfaction with your whole conduct towards us. But if more to particularise our sentiments may be at all acceptable, we beg to inform you that we highly approve of the excellent discipline you maintain among us, as well as your reluctance to punish, it being apparent that your constant study is to render our situation as comfortable as well can be, not giving encouragement to the tale bearer, but greatly stimulating the sober minded to piety. And by no means must we omit to mention the high esteem we have of the important and well directed sermons you delivered to us on the Sabbaths; trusting they will be as bread cast on the waters, to be found after many days. Several of the illiterate among us have been taught to read, and many to say their church catechisms. Your unremitting attention to these subjects is characteristic of a heart fraught with benevolence. We therefore beg of you to receive our united and sincere thanks for so much goodness towards us. That the blessing of the Almighty may rest upon you through time, and in the end thereof receive you to joy unspeakable, is the prayer of your devoted humble servants,

The Prisoners On Board The Katherine Stewart Forbes.

Notes & Links:  

1). Patrick McTernan was also employed as surgeon on the convict ships Mariner in 1827, Manlius to Van Diemen's Land in 1828 and the Dunvegan Castle in 1832.  

2). Some of convicts of the Katherine Stewart Forbes were assigned to settlers in the Williams River district - Joseph Rookin, Grayson Hartley, John Mann, Lawrence Myles; others were assigned to work for the Australian Agricultural Company.  

3). Jonathon Jones was executed for highway robbery in Sydney in 1833.  

4). Select here to find out about convicts / passengers of the Katherine Stewart Forbes
5).  Return of Convicts of the Katherine Stewart Forbes assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832; 21 June 1832; 28 June 1832).....
George Cooper Wheelwright assigned to Alexander Turner at Argyle
James Crossley Stone Cutter assigned to W.P. Faithful at Goulburn Plains
William Carr Ploughs etc., assigned to Henry Butsworth at Sydney
James Holmes Labourer assigned to John Betts at Parramatta
John Kiernan Whitesmith and bell hanger. Assigned to A.L. Pattison at Sydney
William Lupton Pit sawyer assigned to Cornelius O'Brien at Illawarra
Joseph Moore Nailer. Assigned to Mary Raine at Parramatta
Thomas McDonald Tailor. Assigned to P. Atchison in Sydney

6). Convict ships bringing detachments of the 63rd regiment -

Date/ Place of Departure Vessel Officer of the Guard
3 May 1828 London Countess of Harcourt Lieutenant Christopher Dexter
1 June 1828 Sheerness Albion Lieutenant M. Vickery
29 June 1828 London Eliza Major Sholto Douglas
30 June 1828 London Marquis of Hastings Ensign Stulbmer
26 August 1828 Spithead Royal George Captain J. Briggs
1 September 1828 Devonport Vittoria Lieutenant Aubyn
21 September 1828 Cork Governor Ready Lieutenant J. Gibbons Lane
16 November 1828 Dublin Ferguson Captain D'Arcy Wentworth
2 January 1829 Falmouth Mellish Captain Baylee
5 January 1829 London Lord Melville Lieut-Col. Burke
14 March 1829 London Waterloo Lieutenant T. Grove
8 April 1829 Woolwich America Adjutant T. Montgomery
22 May 1829 Spithead Norfolk Ensign W.J. Darling
12 July 1829 Dublin Guildford Lieut McLean 89th
16 August 1829 Cork Larkins Captain Mahon
24 August 1829 London Claudine Captain Paterson
29 August 1829 London Sarah Lieutenant Croly
30 September 1829 Dunvegan Castle Lieutenant John Gray
14 October 1829 Spithead Katherine Stewart Forbes Major Fairtclough

6). Convict Ships bringing detachments of the 17th regiment........

Date/Place of Departure Vessel Officer of the Guard
30 September 1829 Sheerness Dunvegan Castle Lieut. John Grey
14 October 1829 Spithead Katherine Stewart Forbes Major Fairtclough 63rd regt.,
5 December 1829 Sheerness Mermaid Lieutenant Isaac Blackburn
1 January 1830 Cork Forth 1 Captain James Oliphant Clunie
1 January 1830 Sheerness Nithsdale Captain Robert G. Moffatt
8 April 1830 Portsmouth Lady Feversham Lieutenant  Harvey 29th regt.,
9 April 1830 Sheerness Marquis of Huntley Lieutenant Watson 20th regt.,
27 April 1830 Portsmouth Adrian Ensign Reynolds
6 June 1830 Downs Lord Melville Lieutenant Robert Graham
3 July 1830 Dublin Hercules Major J.W. Bouverie
5 July 1830 Portsmouth Royal Admiral Captain John Church
27 July 1830 Plymouth Burrell Captain John Alexander Edwards
28 August 1830 Cork Andromeda Captain Charles Forbes
4 September 1830 Sheerness York Lieut-Col. Henry Despard
17 October 1830 Cork Edward Captain Duds
10 May 1832 Cork Eliza II Lieutenant Hewson 4th regiment



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