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Convict Ship Shipley 1820

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Embarked: 150 men
Deaths: 4
Voyage: 113 days
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Tons: 381
Previous vessel: Agamemnon arrived 22 September 1820
Next vessel: Guildford 30 September 1820
Master Lewis Williams Moncrief
Surgeon Superintendent Henry Ryan

The Shipley was built at Whitby in 1805

This was the third of four voyages bringing convicts to New South Wales, the others being in 1817, 1818 and 1822.

Some of the convicts who were held on the Laurel Hulk were transferred to the Shipley on 2nd May 1820; others held on the Justitia were transferred on 5th May.

John Henry Capper's Report on the state of the Convict Establishment details how some of them may have been employed.......  

Henry Ryan's medical journal commenced on the 17th May while the vessel was still moored at Woolwich. Several soldiers of the 69th regiment presented with similar symptoms of delirium over the course of a few days and the surgeon sent them to the Military Hospital at Woolwich - Private William Halliton, Private William Norman, Private Joseph Walker and Jeremiah Haggerty were all sent on shore.

The Shipley was the next convict ship to leave England after the departure of the Agamemnon in May 1820. The Morning Post reported that the Shipley came down to Deal from the river on the 1st June and departed on 5 June 1820.

The first convict treated by the surgeon was a young lad by the name of James Ellis who presented with symptoms of gastric bleeding on 27th June. He died on 30th June. James Hearn, a weak emaciated convict died on 7th August 1820.

According to Governor Macquarie's Journal there were four deaths of convicts, one of them having been accidentally drowned......

Tuesday 26. Septr. 1820 ! The Ship Shipley, Commanded by Capt. Moncrief, with 146 Male Convicts from England anchored in Sydney Cove on the afternoon of this day; Mr. Ryan R. Navy being the Surgeon Supdt., and the Guard consisting of Detachments of the 48th. 53d. & 69th. Regts., being Commanded by Lieut. Windsor of the latter Corps. The Shipley sailed from England on the 5th. of June being only 3 months & 21 Days in performing the voyage. Three Convicts died on the Passage and one Convict was drowned by accident. Mrs. Cartwright, the wife of the Revd. Mr. Cartwright, has arrived as a Passenger on board the Shipley.

The Shipley departed Port Jackson for England in March 1821

Notes & Links:

1). Convicts / passengers arriving on the Shipley in 1820


1. Bateson, Charles & Library of Australian History (1983). The convict ships, 1787-1868 (Australian ed). Library of Australian History, Sydney : pp.342-343, 383

2. UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1857 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Admiralty and predecessors: Office of the Director General of the Medical Department of the Navy and predecessors: Medical Journals (ADM 101, 804 bundles and volumes). Records of Medical and Prisoner of War Departments. Records of the Admiralty, Naval Forces, Royal Marines, Coastguard, and related bodies. The National Archives. Kew, Richmond, Surrey.




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