was the next convict ship to leave Ireland for New South Wales after
the departure of the
Sir Charles Forbes two weeks previously. The Neptune
sailed from Dublin on 27th August 1837.
This was Patrick Martyn's only voyage as surgeon superintendent on a convict
ship. He was approximately 34 years of age in 1838. His medical
journal does not seem to have survived.
One hundred and
ninety-seven male prisoners arrived in Port Jackson on the
Neptune on 2 January
1838 three having died on the passage out.
included Major Elliot, Mrs. Elliot and child, Lieut. Baker and 28
rank and file of 51st regiment, 6 women and 8 children.
Convict ships bringing detachments of the 51st
regiment include the Neptune,
John Barry and the
Notes & Links:
Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving in the Neptune in 1838
2). An accident which had nearly been attended with fatal
consequences occurred off the inner point of Mrs. Macquarie's Chair
on Saturday afternoon. Mr. Mackay, of Darlinghurst, and Mr.
Abercrombie, of the Glenmore Distillery, had been on board the ship
Neptune, lying off Dawes' Battery, and were, at the time of the
accident, returning to Mr. Mackay's residence, accompanied by
Captain Nagle of the Neptune, in the ship's cutter, with four of the
seamen. When off Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, at about 100 yards distance
from the land, and in the act of tacking, a sudden gust of wind
caught the sails and upset the cutter, and the whole of the people
on board were precipitated into the water. Mr. Mackay, who is
considerably advanced in years, and was at the time in a very
indifferent state of health, made towards the shore, as did several
of the younger and stronger of his companions. Before he could
accomplish his object his strength failed him and he sank to the
bottom, where he must have perished but for the prompt aid afforded
him by Captain Nagle and two of the seamen who swam to his
assistance and brought him safely, though senseless to shore. Mr.
Abercrombie and two of the seamen saved themselves by clinging to
the boat. -
Sydney Gazette 16th January 1838
3). The Neptune was to
depart Sydney for Valparaiso via the Bay of Islands in February