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Title Journal of the Lord Raglan Convict Ship
Author Bower, Dr John
Date 6 Feb-8 Jun 1858
Document Type Shipping Papers
Reference MT 32/1
Library / Archive The National Archives
Collection Name Admiralty Transport Department, Surgeon Superintendents' Journals of Convict Ships
Description Journal written by the Surgeon Superintendent detailing the daily life on board. Includes details of diet, crime and punishment, sickness and disease, daily duties, religious instruction and education. The log mentions the various prisons convicts were picked up from, including Dartmoor Prison, the printing of a weekly paper on board call the 'Life Boat' and the copious issue of lemon juice to all sailors and prisoners. Dr Bower also includes a complete list of convicts on board, with their age, place of birth, schooling and literacy levels and a list of those who underwent corporal punishment whilst at sea.
Series Description This series consists of journals of Surgeon Superintendents in charge of convicts, containing rules and regulations, lists of names, details of diet and medical reports.
Theme(s) Departures: Port Conditions and Organisation; Journey Conditions
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) Australia
Places Cowes, Isle of Wight, England; Western Australia, Australia; Madeira, Portugal
Ports Deptford, Sheerness, Gravesend, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Portland, England; Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
Nationality English; Scottish; Irish; Italian; Jamaican; Russian; French
Ships Lord Raglan; Caledonia; Comet
People Buckle, Captain; Graham, Lieutenant Colonel; Lynch, Reverend Fred
Keywords surgeon, transportation, convict, shipping, regulations, dockyard, prison, sanitation, medical staff, medicine, sailor, provisions, prisoner, women, children, forced emigration, health and sickness, religion, food, theft, punishment, Catholicism, Protestantism, punishment box, hospital, education, flogging, injury, death, tuberculosis, dysentery, birth, crime, forced migration
Language English
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