The Shipley was built at Whitby in 1805
This was the third of four voyages
bringing convicts to New South Wales, the others
Some of the convicts who were held on the
Laurel Hulk were transferred to the
Shipley on 2nd May 1820; others held on the
Justitia were transferred on 5th May.
John Henry Capper's Report on the state of the
Convict Establishment details how some of them may
have been employed.......
Henry Ryan's medical journal commenced on
the 17th May while the vessel was still moored at
Woolwich. Several soldiers of the 69th regiment
presented with similar symptoms of delirium over the
course of a few days and the surgeon sent them to
the Military Hospital at Woolwich - Private William
Halliton, Private William Norman, Private Joseph
Walker and Jeremiah Haggerty were all sent on shore.
The Shipley was the next convict ship to
leave England after the departure of the
Agamemnon in May 1820. The Morning Post
reported that the Shipley came down to Deal
from the river on the 1st June and departed on 5
The first convict treated by the
surgeon was a young lad by the name of James Ellis
who presented with symptoms of gastric bleeding on
27th June. He died on 30th June. James Hearn, a weak
emaciated convict died on 7th August 1820.
to Governor Macquarie's Journal
there were four
deaths of convicts, one of them having been
Septr. 1820 ! The Ship Shipley, Commanded by
Capt. Moncrief, with 146 Male Convicts from
England anchored in Sydney Cove on the
afternoon of this day; Mr. — Ryan R. Navy
being the Surgeon Supdt., and the Guard
consisting of Detachments of the 48th. 53d.
& 69th. Regts., being Commanded by Lieut.
Windsor of the latter Corps. The Shipley
sailed from England on the 5th. of June –
being only 3 months & 21 Days in performing
the voyage. — Three Convicts died on the
Passage – and one Convict was drowned by
accident. — Mrs. Cartwright, the wife of the
Revd. Mr. Cartwright, has arrived as a
Passenger on board the Shipley.
The Shipley departed Port Jackson for
England in March 1821
Notes & Links:
Convicts / passengers
arriving on the Shipley in 1820
1. Bateson, Charles & Library of Australian
History (1983). The convict ships, 1787-1868 (Australian ed).
Library of Australian History, Sydney : pp.342-343, 383
UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1857
[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:
Ancestry.com 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.