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Convict Ship Competitor 1823

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Embarked 160 men
Voyage 138 days
Deaths 3
Surgeon's Journal - No
Master William Ascough
Surgeon Superintendent George Clayton

The Competitor departed England on 18 March 1823 bound for Van Diemen's Land

For the last three weeks of the voyage the prisoners and passengers alike had to manage without the benefit of surgeon George Clayton as he died at sea on the 8th July.  Three prisoners died on the voyage.

The Competitor arrived at Hobart on 3rd August 1823 and the prisoners were landed on the 8th August.  Three prisoners were sent to the hospital where they died soon afterwards.

One hundred and fifty-seven convicts were landed in Hobart. Their appearance was reported to be generally healthy.  

George Clayton's personal effects were later auctioned in Sydney - they included a Bayley's Dictionary, folio; and upwards of 100 volumes of Latin, French, and English Works, principally medical; a case of surgical instruments; wearing apparel, bed, bedding etc.  

The Competitor departed Sydney on 4th February 1824 with a full cargo of colonial produce. Passengers included the Honorable Mr. Justice and Mrs. Field; Mrs. Ascough, wife of the Commander; George Fairfowl, late Surgeon Superintendent of the ship Woodman; John Rodmell late Surgeon Superintendent of the Medina; Peter Cunningham late Surgeon of the ship Recovery; and Mr. George Bayly son of N. Bayly.    

Notes & Links:  

1). George Clayton was also surgeon on the convict ships Shipley in 1817 and the Globe in 1819  

2). William Ascough had previously captained the Malabar  

3). Hunter Valley convicts arriving on the Competitor in 1823         


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