The Forth sailed to Van Diemen's
Land in 1833-4, departing there on 28th March 1834 bound for London.
Convicts were embarked in Cork and the Forth set sail again
for New South Wales on 21 October 1834.(1)
and ninety six men were transported on the Forth. Their
crimes ranged from picking pockets, stealing items and livestock to
manslaughter, murder to fire arms offences and other White boy
The Forth came direct and arrived in
Port Jackson on Monday 3 February 1835 having lost one man on the
voyage. Another man, Stephen Connor died in Sydney Hospital on
6th March 1835.
The Guard consisted of 29 rank and file of H.M. 50th
regiment under the command of Captain Turner of 50th and Ensign
Anderson of 41st regiment. Passengers included D.A.C.G. Reid, Mrs.
Reid and two children; eight soldiers' wives and eleven children.
Detachments of the
50th regiment arrived on the
Henry Tanner and
Thomas Robertson kept a Medical Journal from 30 August 1834 to
24 February 1835. During the voyage when scurvy appeared, the
prisoners were given an additional allowance of wine, lime juice,
with preserved meats which caused the scorbutic eruptions to
The other cases related in the surgeon's
journal were all of the inflammatory nature requiring an active
antiphlogistic practise. Bleeding, brisk purgatives, nauseating
medicines with blisters were given as treatments.
weather during the voyage was remarkably fine and dry. The
thermometer varied according to their situation.. The Deck and
sleeping berths were kept dry and clear by dry holystoning and were
constantly ventilated with windsails. The clothes were aired every
day and the prisoners on deck from 8am till sunset.
Captain Hutton intended to sail the Forth to Manilla
and Canton after departing New South Wales on 8th March 1835.
(Sydney Herald 9 March 1835)
Notes and Links:
2). Thomas Robertson was also
employed as surgeon on the convict ships William Bryan in
1833 (VDL), Surry
in 1836, James
Pattison in 1837 and the
3). The Australian reported that the Forth
had made one of the quickest passages ever made.
out more about convict/bushranger
Richard Young (alias Gentleman Dick) who arrived on the Forth
Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Forth in 1835
Ships to NSW in 1835
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