was built in Chester in 1821. She transported convicts to New South
Wales in 1822 and
and to Van Diemen's Land in 1830. The Southworth and the
Isabella were the next convict ships to leave Ireland for New South
Wales after the departure of the
John Bull in July
According to correspondence dated 27 November 1821, David
Sampson applied to have his wife accompany him on this voyage....
Chief Secretary's Office
Registered Papers, National Archives.
A List of
Stores to be shipped on board
for the use of the Male Convicts
and Guard during their voyage to
New South Wales and of Clothing
for the use of the convicts on
their arrival in the colony
includes the following articles:
Articles of Comfort for use
during the Voyage:
Soap; Combs; Razors; Hone;
Strop; Preserved Meats; Lemon
Juice; Sugar to mix with it
Articles in case
Chocolate; Sago; Scotch Barley;
Ginger Black Pepper; Allspice;
Red Port Wine; Rice; Pearl
Nites Purif. Pulv.
Sulphuric; Tow; Brown Stone
Pipkins; Slips of glass; Gally
Pots; Glass Measures; Paper of
Flannel Trowsers; Flannel
Waistcoats; Cotton Hose; Pocket
Towels; Sheets; Calico Pillow
Cases; Pewter Bed pans; Urinals;
Spitting pots; Close stool pans
and buckets; Tin Tea Kettles;
Tin Saucepans of Sorts; Tin
japanned drinking mugs; knives
and forks; Water Purifier;
Charcoal for water purifying;
Bathing Tub; Pails; Airing
Stove; Ventilating Stove; Kegs
(three Gallon); Spare Bedding;
the use of the Convicts upon
their arrival: (1 each)
Kersey Jackets; Kersey
Waistcoats; Raven duck Trowsers;
Raven duck Trowsers for use
during the voyage; Shirts (3
each); Stockings (2each); Shoes;
Woollen Caps; Neck Handkerchiefs
Bedding for use during the
New bedding for the
Guard - 22 beds
convicts: 100 beds; 6 cots; 10
Articles for the
Security of the Convicts:
bezels with chains
with Iron Plates and Rings
Hand hammers with
Extra Rivetts (1)
Joseph Cook kept a
Medical Journal from 18 September 1821 to 13 March 1822......
hundred and one convicts to be embarked on the
Southworth arrived at the vessel from Cork at 3pm on the 24th
According to Joseph Cook, a number of them had
been supplied with ardent spirits by their friends on the passage down
and were in a state of intoxication. George Shine aged 22, had indulged
to excess and died an hour after coming on board that day. The convicts
were boarded on the 24th October. Because of inclement weather and
change from prison to sea air several of the older prisoners became ill
with rheumatism and were re-landed and others sent in lieu.
Southworth departed the Cove of Cork on 18th November 1821. They anchored at Santa Cruz, Teneriffe on 30th November where they procured water and fresh beef and
vegetables, departing from there on 1st December 1821. On entering the
tropics a number of the convicts became affected with a disposition to
plethora indicated by bleeding at the nose, dyspnoea and expectoration
On the 20th December they spoke the Arno on
her voyage from from Buenos Aires to England. They generally suffered
sea sickness but in other respects there were few illnesses of
consequence. They were quiet orderly men and were allowed on deck as the
weather permitted. A number of them immediately had the irons removed
and they were exercised by making them walk up at one hatch way and down
the other. Illnesses suffered on the voyage included apoplexy, scrofula,
venereal disease, enteritis, colica, dysentery, diarrhoea, bronchitis,
Both the Southworth and the Isabella arrived in
Port Jackson on 9th March 1822.
disembarked 100 male prisoners
on 14th March 1822. Along with
prisoners from the Isabella and
the Shipley the men were
distributed to Minto, Airds,
Windsor, Emu Plains and
The youngest prisoner on board was sixteen year
old Patrick Michael Sullivan.
This was Joseph Cook's first
voyage as Surgeon Superintendent of a convict
ship. He was later employed as Surgeon
Superintendent on the
Phoenix in 1826,
Sir Charles Forbes in 1825 (VDL),
Louisa in 1827,
Mellish in 1829,
Forth (11) in 1830
The Guard consisted of a detachment of 3rd regiment,
Sergeant Henry Foster, and Commanded by Lieut. Woods who was accompanied
by his wife.
Other ships bringing detachments of the 3rd
regiment included the
In April 1822 the
Southworth departed Port Jackson in company with the
Philip and the
Fanny intending to sail north via Torres
Straight to Batavia. She arrived there by 31st May 1822.
Notes & Links:
Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Southworth in 1822
19th Century Medical Terms
Sydney Gazette 15 March 1822
Joseph Cook - Colonial
included in the Surgeon's Journal:
George Shine, aged 22,
convict; disease or hurt, spasmodic fit. 100
convicts were embarked at 3pm from Cork, a
number of them having been supplied with ardent
spirits by their friends on the passage down,
were in a state of intoxication, [Shine] was
excessively so about an hour after coming on
board was found affected with a fit. Put on sick
list 24 October 1821 at the Cove of Cork. Died
24 October 1821.
Thomas Cowan, aged 50,
convict; disease or hurt, both legs, varicose
and much swelled from extensive ulceration of
long standing. Put on sick list 25 October 1821
at the Cove of Cork. Ulcer on the right leg was
in a state of amendment when disembarked.
George Cunningham, aged 21, convict; disease
or hurt, gonorrhea. Put on sick list, 27 October
1821 at the Cove of Cork.
aged 23, convict; disease or hurt, plethoric
habit of body. Put on sick list, 28 October 1821
at the Cove of Cork. Discharged 6 November 1821
Thomas Keveny, aged 24, convict;
disease or hurt, affected with loss of appetite,
weariness and general soreness, cold shivering,
vomiting and great restless heat. Put on sick
list, 8 November 1821 at the Cove of Cork.
Discharged 17 November 1821 convalescent.
William Cole, aged 26, soldier 3rd Buffs;
disease or hurt, large carbuncle on the left
thigh. Put on sick list, 10 November 1821 at
Cove. Discharged 28 November 1821 to duty.
Hugh Pasco, soldier 3rd Buffs; disease or
hurt, chancres on the penis also a bubo in each
groin. Put on sick list, 18 November 1821 off
Ireland. Discharged 4 January 1822 to duty.
Bartholomew Kilgara, aged 28, convict;
disease or hurt, nausea and general uneasiness.
Put on sick list, 20 November 1821 at sea.
Discharged 30 November 1821 cured.
Hunter, aged 27, convict; disease or hurt,
previously had bubo in his groin, presently
covered with irregular purple spots on the
forepart of the body. Put on sick list, 6
December 1821 at sea. Discharged 18 January 1822
Thomas Martin, aged 55, convict;
disease or hurt, rheumatic pains in the lumbar
region. Put on sick list, 8 December 1821 at
sea. Discharged 17 December 1821 cured.
Henry Jourdan, aged 46, convict; disease or
hurt, chronic cough. Put on sick list, 11
December 1821 off the coast of Africa.
Discharged 26 January 1822 cured.
Gaskin, convict; disease or hurt, affected on
breast, arms and thighs with a dry scabby
eruption appearing in clusters of various sizes.
Put on sick list, 17 December 1821. Discharged
29 December 1821.
Patrick Power, aged 20,
convict; disease or hurt, scrophulous
enlargement of the lower end of the left femur.
Put on sick list, 17 December 1821. Discharged
21 January 1822 cured.
John Ryan, aged
24, convict; disease or hurt, dyspeptic habit of
body. Put on sick list, 3 January 1822.
Discharged 6 January 1822 convalescent.
Henry Foster, aged 42, sergeant, 3rd Buffs;
disease or hurt, severe colic pains. Put on sick
list, 24 January 1822. Discharged 10 February
1822 to duty.
Thomas Macnamara, convict;
disease or hurt, severe cough and acute pain of
the breast. Put on sick list, 24 January 1822.
Discharged 12 February 1822 cured.
Croneen, convict; disease or hurt, severe
headache, pain in the loins, general pains and
feverish uneasiness. Put on sick list, 7
February 1822. By 16 February 1822 felt quite
William Johnstone, aged 30,
convict; disease or hurt, enlargement of the
thyroid gland. Put on sick list, 10 February
1822. Discharged 23 February 1822 convalescent.
John Marlow, aged 18, convict; disease
or hurt, diarrhoea. Put on sick list, 13
February 1822. Discharged 23 February 1822
Den Long, aged 72,
convict; disease or hurt, complains of acute
pain about the left false costal accompanied
with dyspnea and frequent inclination to cough.
Put on sick list, 26 February 1822. Discharged 5
March 1822 cured.
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journal of the Southworth convict ship from 18
September 1821 to 13 March 1822 by Joseph Cook,
Surgeon and Superintendent during which time the
said ship was employed in a voyage to New South