HAA007 Breakout 1: The Convict Ship "Fairlie"

The ship's captain was Ed Pavey with 45 crew members.[4] Edward Nolloth from 8 February 1852 was the ship's surgeon.[5] At Gravesend 30 Pensioner Guards and their families embarked on 22 February 1852, the start of their voyage as emmigrants.[6]

From newspaper reports the movements of the Fairlie can be monitored:

29 February  The Fairlie arrived at Spithead from Woolwich to take on convicts for Van Diemen's Lands.[7]

  2 March       Convicts from the hulks York and Sterling Castle embarked at Portsmouth Harbour.

                       Boy prisoners from Parkhurst were put on board at Cowes.

                       Sailed that evening[8]

  4 March        "...put into the Sound on Thursday, on her way down the channel."[9]

 

 

 

 

 

The Fairlie arrived in Hobart on 3 July with the pilot boarding the ship on the 4th July 1852.

Convicts numbered 292 with 32 of them being boys from Parkhurst. Also on board as passengers were Rev and Mrs Seaman. The guards were under the direction of Corporal Meagher of the 99th Regiment.[13]

Two convicts had died during the voyage and a baby had been born.[14]

 

 

 

 

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Two convicts were found to be blind which caused the authorities some concern as they would be a financial burden upon the colonial government.[15]

 

 

The Fairlie was sold in 1866 to be broken up or used as a convict hulk.[16]

 

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[1] Aukepalmhof. "Fairlie." (2009, May 15).  ShipStamps.co.uk. Accessed June 13, 2016. http://www.shipstamps.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8877.

[2] Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office. MB2: Reports of ships' arrivals with lists of passengers, 05 Mar 1852 to 03 Dec 1852 [digitised record]. Hobart, Tasmania. MB2/39/1 Image 133 Fairlie, image 242. Original data: Marine Board Of Hobart (TA71). Retrieved 3 May, 2016.

[3] The British Newspaper Archive. “The Navy” “Portsmouth, March 3 “(1852, March 4). Morning Chronicle, (London, England;). Retrieved 12 June 2016. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000082/18520304/011/0003

[4] Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office. MB2: Reports of ships' arrivals with lists of passengers, 05 Mar 1852 to 03 Dec 1852 [digitised record]. Hobart, Tasmania. MB2/39/1 Image 133 Fairlie, image 242. Original data: Marine Board Of Hobart (TA71). Retrieved 3 May, 2016.

[5] The National Archives of the UK (TNA); Admiralty and predecessors: Office of the Director General of the Medical Department of the Navy and predecessors: Medical Journals; Reference Number: ADM 101 (First page). Retrieved 3 May, 2016.

[6] MB2/98 reference and under the heading Nominal Return of a Detachment Who Embarked at Gravesend on board the ship Fairlie, being the remainder of the Convict Guard Who Embarked at Woolwich Gravesend 22nd February 1852; Accessed by Librarian, Tasmanian Information and Research Service, 16 May 20016.

[7] The British Newspaper Archive. “Naval Intelligence” “Portsmouth, February 29 “ (1852, March 1). Morning Post, (London, England;). Retrieved 12 June 2016. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18520301/031/0006

[8] The British Newspaper Archive. “The Navy” “Portsmouth, March 3 “(1852, March 4). Morning Chronicle, (London, England;). Retrieved 12 June 2016.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000082/18520304/011/0003

[9] The British Newspaper Archive. “The Navy” “Plymouth, March 6 “(1852, March 9). Morning Chronicle, (London, England;). Retrieved 12 June 2016. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000082/18520309/009/0002

[10] The British Newspaper Archive. “Naval Intelligence” “Portsmouth, Sunday “(1852, March 9). Kerry Examiner and Munster General Observer, (Kerry, Republic of Ireland;). Retrieved 12 June 2016. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000835/18520309/035/0004

[11] The British Newspaper Archive. “Naval Intelligence”, “Emigration“ (1852, March 10). Western Courier, West of England Conservative, Plymouth and Devonport Advertiser, (Kerry, Republic of Ireland;). Retrieved 12 June 2016. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0001306/18520310/093/0005

[12] The British Newspaper Archive. “The Navy” (1852, March 12). London Evening Standard, (London, England;). Retrieved 12 June 2016. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000183/18520312/030/0003

[13] Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office. MB2: Reports of ships' arrivals with lists of passengers, 05 Mar 1852 to 03 Dec 1852 [digitised record]. Hobart, Tasmania. MB2/39/1 Image 133 Fairlie, image 242. Original data: Marine Board Of Hobart (TA71). Retrieved 3 May, 2016.

[14] Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office. MB2: Reports of ships' arrivals with lists of passengers, 05 Mar 1852 to 03 Dec 1852 [digitised record]. Hobart, Tasmania. MB2/39/1 Image 133 Fairlie, image 242. Original data: Marine Board Of Hobart (TA71). Retrieved 3 May, 2016.

[15] Google Books. Copy of a DESPATCH from Lieut.-Governor Sir W. Denison to the Duke of Newcastle, Parliamentary Papers, House of Commons and Command, Volume 54 (Great Britain, House of Commons), page 41, No. 10. Accessed June 13, 2016. https://books.google.com.au/books?id=pagSAAAAYAAJ&dq=Fairlie+convicts&pg=PA29&ci=75,1163,763,100&source=bookclip&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=Fairlie%20Convicts&f=false

[16] Aukepalmhof. "Fairlie." (2009, May 15).  ShipStamps.co.uk. Accessed June 13, 2016. http://www.shipstamps.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8877.