164 men Voyage: 112 days Deaths: 1 Surgeon's
Journal: no Tons: 480 Previous vessel:
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Shipley arrived 18
November 1818 Master Robert Brown Surgeon Superintendent
John Whitemarsh. R.N.
was built on the Thames in 1811. This was the second of four voyages
bringing convicts to New South Wales, the others being in
1829. She also transported convicts to Van Diemen's
Land in 1820 and
The Morley was the next convict
ship to leave England for New South Wales after the departure of the
female convict ship
Maria in May 1818. Prisoners were embarked on
the Morley from the hulks in June 1818.
One prisoner John Bluer a 21 year old coal
miner from Chester was held on the Retribution Hulk at
Woolwich. He had been tried on 17th April 1817 and sentenced to 7
years transportation. He was transferred to the hulk on 24th October
1817 and to the Morley on 29th July 1818. By the time the
Morley set sail John Bluer had already been incarcerated
for almost thirteen months and by the time he arrived in Australia,
seventeen months had elapsed.
The Morley departed
the Downs 18 July 1818, came direct and arrived in Port Jackson on 7
November 1818, a voyage of three months and 21 days.
John Whitemarsh. R.N., was
employed as Surgeon Superintendent. This was his only voyage in that
capacity and his medical journal does not seem to have survived.
There were 164 male convicts under his care and the men all arrived
in good health. The Sydney Gazette reported that only one man was
lost on the voyage out - a black man named John Jenkins.
military guard consisted of a detachment of the 84th regiment (York
and Lancashire) under the orders of Lieut. Beamish. Members of the
84th regiment also arrived on the
General Stewart in December 1818.
There was a great deal of anger amongst the guard on the General
Stewart regarding their victualling by Captain Grainger of the
General Stewart, and Lieutenant Beamish. Captain Grainger later
exchanged heated words on the decks of the General Stewart.
Grainger sought redress from Governor Macquarie who declined
to interfere in the matter advising them to settle in a civil court.
LLieutenant Beamish returned to England on the
Shipley in April 1819 as did surgeon John
The Morley was advertised to depart the
colony in December 1818. The former Chief Officer of the Morley
George Sutherland did not depart on her. He advertised his intention
to leave on the Guide in that same month.
2). Thomas Spicer, age 17,, warehouseman, was
tried at the Old Bailey....The said WILLIAM KELLY and THOMAS SPICER
were indicted for that they, on the 26th of November , at the parish
of St. James, Clerkenwell, feloniously did forge and counterfeit a
certain bank note, No. 61,370 (setting it forth), with intent to
defraud the Governor and Company of the Bank of England (continue).
Thomas Spicer's sentence of death was commuted to 14 years
transportation. He was sent to Newgate prison and from there to the
Retribution hulk on 9th April 1818. He was embarked on the Morley on
29 June 1818. Thomas Spicer was sent to the Bringelly district on
arrival. The convict love token below was probably his work......
John Blower (Bluer) Edward Chapman
Samuel Colrun/Colbuin Coleman John Frederick Dawson Peter
Drugan Samuel Eather/ Heather Henry Ellis John Ewins
Joseph Fox Robert Gordon / Godden William Hilton/ Holotn
Jereimah Kay/ Keys Thomas Leonard John Lycett John Mayo/
Mayall Andrew McIntosh John Page Thomas Plumbe/ Bromhill
John Rogers William Russell Jeremiah Shea William
Sweetman Robert Tennant James Walker Richard Ward
John Whitmarsh was appointed Hospital Mate on
24 July 1806. He was appointed Hospital Mate at Gibraltar in 1810.
He returned ned to England in April 1819 on the Shipley with seven
other naval surgeons.
He was on the 1834 Navy List of
Officers serving abroad. He was employed as Dispenser at Malta 8