Convict Ship Hibernia 1819
Voyage: 172 days
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Captain John Lennon
Hibernia departed Portsmouth on 20 November 1818, however owing
to a series of adverse winds in the Channel and again off the coast
of Australia, her voyage was unusually long being 172 days duration.
The Hibernia arrived in Hobart on 11 May 1819.
One hundred and
fifty-seven prisoners arrived in a healthy state, three having died
on the passage out. There were many cases of fever and catarrh,
which the surgeon attributed to inadequate warm clothing. He
permitted the prisoners to use their own clothes if they had them.
The prisons also leaked water in bad weather. The swinging
stoves and wind sails were used in an attempt to dry the prison and
bedding and the prison was also fumigated several times.
There were three confinements, two of them difficult, however all
the babies (boys) survived according to Charles Carter's medical
Officer commanding the guard, was Lieutenant Mee
of the 83rd regiment.
Rev. Richard Hill, Assistant Chaplain
of New South Wales, Mrs Hill and Mrs. Smith and family; John Smith
son of William and Dinah Smith (CSI); James Nixon and William Killow;
discharged soldiers from the 73rd regiment with the family of Killow
continued on to Sydney in June with cabin passengers R.W. Loane,
Edward Lord, Thoms Kent and B. H. Ainsworth.
While the ship
lay in Sydney harbour convict stowaway
Mercer Ludgater secreted himself on board in an attempt to
escape the colony. He was found before the Hibernia sailed however, and was returned to shore. As part
of his punishment he was sent to the penal settlement at
The Hibernia departed Sydney bound for Calcutta via
Notes & Links:
1). The Colonial
Secretary's Papers reveal that a great deal of acrimony existed
between Rev. Richard Hill and the surgeon Charles Carter.
Select here to find some of the causes.
Hibernia Convicts and passengers identified in the Hunter Valley