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Convict Ship Forth 1835

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Embarked: 196 men
Voyage: 105 days
Deaths: 1
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Previous vessel: Bengal Merchant arrived 30 January 1835
Next vessel: Lady Nugent arrived 9 April 1835
Master Henry Hutton  
Surgeon Superintendent Thomas Robertson
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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) 

One hundred 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 crimes.

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 Surry, Forth, Bengal Merchant Hooghley, Susan, Blenheim, Royal Admiral, Lady Nugent, Parmelia, James Laing, Hive, Hooghley Captain Cook, Hero, Roslin Castle, Henry Porcher, Henry Tanner and Lady Kennaway

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 disappear.

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.  

The 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:  

1). Political Prisoners  

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 Planter in 1839.  

3). The Australian reported that the Forth had made one of the quickest passages ever made.  

4). Find out more about convict/bushranger Richard Young (alias Gentleman Dick) who arrived on the Forth  

5). Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Forth in 1835  

6). Convict Ships to NSW in 1835


1). The Australian 10 February 1835


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