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Convict Ship St. Michael 1820

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Captain Henry Marsh

The St. Michael made two voyages from Calcutta to Port Jackson in the latter half of 1820.

On the first voyage, thirteen convicts were landed in Sydney on 28th September 1820. Amongst them were five out of the thirteen piratical convicts who took out the Young Lachlan schooner in March 1819; in which they were wrecked on an Island on the Coast of Java. They were seized and imprisoned at Batavia, where several of them died. The names of the five pirates who were brought back on the St. Michael in September 1820 were Daniel Clarke, Christopher Read, Malcolm Campbell, Samuel O'Hara and Patrick Cotton. (1)

The St. Michael departed Port Jackson soon afterwards bound again for Calcutta where eight prisoners of the Crown were embarked. She returned to Port Jackson via Hobart in November 1820.

The following six convicts were listed as arriving on the St. Michael in November 1820:

James Crabtree - Weaver from Lancashire. Convicted in Bombay
James Fitzpatrick - Labourer from Longford. Convicted in Bangalore
Thomas Hill - Weaver from Lanarkshire. Convicted in Madras
John Merchant - Fisherman from Colchester. Convicted in Madras. Later sent to Norfolk Island
Thomas Brabazon - Labourer from Limerick. Convicted at Persian Gulf. Later granted an Absolute Pardon
John Hudson - Soldier from Lancashire. Convicted at Bombay

Free Passengers arriving on the St. Michael in November 1820 included Lieutenant Jacobs of the Bengal Army and Mrs. Jacobs. (2).


1). Sydney Gazette 28 October 1820

2). Sydney Gazette 4 November 1820


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