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Embarked: 128 men
Voyage: 136 days
Deaths: 1
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Tons: 394
Previous vessel: Prince Regent arrived 27 September 1827
Next vessel: Eliza arrived 18 November 1827
Master Henry Locke.
Surgeon Superintendent Francis Logan

The Champion was the next convict ship to leave England after the departure of the Manlius in April 1827. The Champion departed London on 3rd June 1827 with 128 male prisoners and clothing for the 57th and 39th regiment.  

Francis Logan kept a Medical Journal from 10th May to 30th October 1827. His first case was that of 17 years old Henry Royal on 16th May. The Champion had yet to set sail, but already Henry Royal was suffering from sea sickness.     Francis Logan rejected another convict, Richard Howells as being too ill to survive the journey. He was returned to the Dolphin Hulk.

The Champion called at Simon's Bay on 6th September where one of the soldiers was admitted to hospital. Fresh fruit and vegetables were procured as scurvy had broken out among the prisoners. James Holt remained ill from scurvy for most of the voyage. He and three other convicts also suffered from other symptoms which Francis Logan seemed to attribute to the cure for scurvy rather than the illness itself.  

The Champion arrived in Port Jackson 17 October 1827. Prisoner John Clarkson, aged 24, died within sight of Sydney harbour. He had been ill for nearly ten days and it was noted that he was nearly delirious and had an excessive fear of death. The surgeon reported - His conduct since coming on board has been 'bad in every respect and horribly blasphemous, and it is now pitiful to hear him raging and furious at the state which he thinks is now awaiting. There were several other cases of dysentery at about the time John Clarkson became ill, as the weather had been cold and wet and the pipes of the water closets became so leaky, the decks could not be kept dry.  

The Guard, a detachment of the 39th regiment under orders of Ensign Reid, landed from the Champion on 18th October and were marched through George Street, Sydney to their quarters in the barracks, preceded by a dozen exquisitely playing buglers of the same corps.   Select here to find other convict ships bringing detachments of the 39th regiment to New South Wales.   

A Muster was held on board by the Colonial Secretary Alexander McLeay on 20th November 1827. Details include Name, Age, Religion, Education, Family, Marital Status, Native Place, Trade, Offence, Date and Place of Trial, Sentence, Physical Description and occasional notes regarding deaths and pardons. There are no details as to where the prisoners were assigned on arrival. The youngest prisoners were John Callow (15); Arthur Farrel (15); James Pringle; Alexander Shaw ( 15); Thomas Smith (14); and William Solder (15). They may have been sent to the Carter's Barracks on arrival.

Francis Logan was also employed as surgeon on the convict ships Fanny in 1833, Royal Sovereign in 1835 and the Mangles in 1837.  

Notes & Links:  

1). Prisoners tried in Scotland included William Alexander; Charles Bowman; William Coward ; William Forrest; John Fram ; Alexander Glasgow tried in Edinburgh; Allan Grant, ; Andrew Keith; Lachlan McDonald; Alexander McKensie; John Patterson; James Pringle; John Semple; Alexander Shaw; James Sinclair; William Smith; James Stewart; and James Thompson  

2). Convict James Stewart who arrived on the Champion became scourger at Stonequarry in 1831.

3). Convict Thomas Hyman became a scourger at Inverary in 1831  

4). Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Champion in 1827  

5). Seventeen convict ships arrived in New South Wales in 1827 - Grenada, Brothers, Albion, Midas, Mariner, Countess of Harcourt, Guildford, Marquis of Hastings, Princess Charlotte, Manlius, Cambridge, Harmony, Prince Regent, Champion, Eliza, John and the Louisa

6).  Return of Convicts of the Champion assigned between 1st January 1832 and 31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette  28 June 1832;  5 July 1832).....

William James Brass founder assigned to Andrew Brown at Bathurst
David Reid Fisherman's boy assigned to William Hutchinson at Sydney

7). Convict ships bringing detachments of the 39th regiment included the following............

Departed Vessel Command
Dublin 16 March 1826 Regalia Lieutenant William Sacheverell Coke
Downs 6 May 1826 England Major George Pitt D'Arcy
Sheerness 16 May 1826 Marquis of Huntley Major Donald MacPherson
Cork 29 June 1826 Boyne Captain Thomas Edward Wright
Sheerness 8 August 1826 Speke Lieutenant Henry Clarence Scarman
Dublin 27 August 1826 Phoenix Lieutenant Charles Cox
Plymouth 4 October 1826 Albion Captain Francis Crotty
Plymouth 16 October 1826 Midas Lieutenant George Meares Bowen
Cork 14 January 1827 Mariner Captain Charles Sturt
Dublin 14 February 1827 Countess of Harcourt Ensign Spencer
Plymouth 31 March 1827 Guildford Captain John Douglas Forbes
Downs 17 April 1827 Manlius Quarter-master Benjamin Lloyd
Dublin 2 June 1827 Cambridge Colonel Patrick Lindesay
LLondon 3 June 1827 Champion Ensign Reid
London 27 March 1828 Bussorah Merchant Ensign W. Kennedy Child
Dublin 15 September 1828 Sophia Major Thomas Poole



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