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Title Journal of the Merchantman Convict Ship
Author Smith, Dr William
Date 11 Jun-30 Sep 1864
Document Type Shipping Papers
Reference MT 32/8
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. Dr Smith relates an incident where the prisoners attempted to steal from the ship stores by cutting through from one of the decks and other infractions and instances of disobedience. In his general remarks on the voyage, Smith also questions the wisdom of transporting firearms in the cargo of a convict ship. The log includes lists of convicts taken on board, stating their age, literacy levels, crime, sentence, character and conduct on board. It also includes lists of family members on board, with details of their conduct during the voyage and a list of those convicts who had distinguished themselves throughout the voyage.
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 Hythe, Beachy Head, England
Ports Gravesend, Chatham, Portland, England; Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
Ships Merchantman
People Bruce, Colonel
Keywords surgeon, transportation, convict, shipping, regulations, provisions, women, children, religion, forced migration, theft, health and sickness, disease, death, flogging, punishment box, violence, firearms, cargo
Language English
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