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Prince Regent (I) 1827

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Embarked: 180 men
Voyage: 108 days
Deaths: 0
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Previous vessel: Harmony arrived 27 September 1827
Next vessel: Champion arrived 17 October 1827
Captain William Richards
Surgeon Superintendent William Rae

The Prince Regent was built in Shields in 1810. This was the last of three voyages transporting convicts to New South Wales, the others being in 1820 and 1824. The Prince Regent was the next convict ship to leave England for New South Wales after the departure of the Harmony a week previously.

The Prince Regent departed London on 11th June 1827, passing nearby Cape Finestere on 20th June, near Madeira 25th June, calling at Tenerife on 2nd July, and passing Canary Island on 5th July.

The Guard comprised a detachment of 29 men 57th regiment under orders of Lieut. Campbell. Select here to find convicts ships bringing detachments of 57th regiment.

Passengers included Ensign Charles Henry Darling of 57th regiment, nephew to His Excellency, Governor Darling and later Governor of Victoria; Major Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell with his wife and family; Lieut. Hughes, Royal Staff Corps; P Elliott, assistant surveyor; and William Rice.

William Rae kept a Medical Journal from 1 May to 15 October 1827...... At the end of the voyage he wrote in the General Remarks: The prisoners generally conducted themselves well and by due enforcement of the rules and regulations laid down for their governance at the commencement of the voyage little trouble occurred to me during the remaining part of it. The provisions were all of the best quality. The Master of the ship was kind and humane and whilst in his power supplied me with milk, daily for one of my worst patients. From him and his Officers I received every support and assistance in the execution of my duty.

They arrived in Port Jackson on 27 September 1827. A muster was held on board by Colonial Secretary Alexander McLeay on 3rd October 1827.    

Notes and Links:

1). Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving in the Prince Regent in 1827

2). 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

3). Sir Charles Henry Darling - Australian Dictionary of Biography

4). William Rae was also employed as employed as surgeon on the convict ships Eliza in 1822 Isabella in 1823, Marquis of Huntley in 1826 and the Marquis of Hastings in 1828

5).  Return of Convicts of the Prince Regent assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 14 June 1832; 5 July 1832).....
Thomas Belcher   Shoemaker assigned to James Blackett at Ultimo
William Burley   Quarryman assigned to Benjamin Sullivan at Hunter's River
George Burnett   Seaman assigned to J. Blaxland at Newington
Edward Plowman   Upholsterer assigned to H.L. Miller at Sydney
John Prosser   Carpet weaver assigned to Simeon Lord at Sydney

6). Vessels bringing detachments of the 57th Regiment........

Date/Place of Departure Vessel Officer of the Guard
29 October 1824 Cork Asia 1825 Captain Richard Heaviside
5 January 1825 Portsmouth Asia 1825 (III) Lieutenant Thomas Bainbridge
5 January 1825 Portsmouth Royal Charlotte 1825 Major Edmund Lockyer
5 January 1825 Cork Hooghley 1825 Captain Patrick Logan
17 April 1825 Portsmouth Norfolk 1825 Captain James Brown
17 April 1825 Portsmouth Minstrel 1825 Lieutenant Henry John Tudor Shadforth
16 May 1825 Cork Lonach 1825 Lieutenant John William Donelan
11 July 1825 Cork Sir Godfrey Webster 1826 Lieutenant John Ovens
2 August 1825 Downs Medway 1825 (VDL) Lieutenant William Bates
5 August 1825 Dublin Henry Porcher 1825 Captain Vance Young Donaldson
22 August 1825 Portsmouth Marquis of Hastings 1826 Ensign Stewart
23 October 1825 Cork Mangles 1826 Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Shadforth
30 November 1825 Portsmouth Sesostris 1826 Major John Campbell
11 June 1827 London Prince Regent 1827 Lieutenant Campbell
3 November 1827 Dublin Morley 1828 Captain Robert Hunt
11 February 1828 Cork Borodino 1828 Captain Philip Aubyn
23 February 1828 Dublin Mangles 1828 Lieut. Hill & Adjutant Lieut. Kidd
27 March 1828 London Bussorah Merchant 1828 Captain Burton Daveney (+ 1 soldier)
30 June 1828 Portsmouth Marquis of Hastings 1828 Colonel Allen
23 November 1828 London Asia 1828 Lieutenant George Edwards


1. Bateson, Charles & Library of Australian History (1983). The convict ships, 1787-1868 (Australian ed). Library of Australian History, Sydney : pp.346-347, 385

2. UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1857 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Admiralty and predecessors: Office of the Director General of the Medical Department of the Navy and predecessors: Medical Journals (ADM 101, 804 bundles and volumes). Records of Medical and Prisoner of War Departments. Records of the Admiralty, Naval Forces, Royal Marines, Coastguard, and related bodies. The National Archives. Kew, Richmond, Surrey.

3. National Archives - Reference: ADM 101/61/3 Description: Medical and surgical journal of the convict ship Prince Regent for 1 May to 15 October 1827 by William Rae, surgeon and superintendent, during which time the said ship was employed in a voyage to New South Wales. The following men were treated by the surgeon on the passage out:
Pat Hammond, aged 19, private, 47th Regiment
Enock Lucock, aged 18, convict;
Edward Wiltshire, aged 21, convict;
John Laurence, aged 28, convict;
Patrick Henry, aged 21, private, soldier;
Joseph York, aged 22, convict;
John Jenkins, aged 19, convict;
James Maisey, aged 43, convict;
Thomas Stroud, aged 25, convict;
Samuel Asherd, aged 20, convict;
Joseph Dyson, aged 20, convict;
Matthew Hull, aged 30, convict;
Edward Thorpe, aged 25, convict;
Timothy Martin, aged 19, convict;
Samuel Solomons, aged 20, convict;
Thomas Fowler, aged 26, convict;
Meteorological register kept on board the Prince Regent during a passage to New South Wales during a voyage to New South Wales between 11 June and 27 September 1827. Continued on board the ship Elizabeth to England via Cape Horn from 16 November 1827 to 31 March 1828. Time Noon. Daily latitude and longitude readings, thermometer and barometer readings and brief details of the winds and weather. br>


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