164 men Voyage: 112 days Deaths: 1 Surgeon's
Journal: no Tons: 480 Previous vessel:
14 October 1818 Next vessel:
Shipley arrived 18
November 1818 Master Robert Brown Surgeon Superintendent
John Whitemarsh. R.N.
The Morley was built on
the Thames in 1811. This was the second of four voyages
bringing convicts to New South Wales, the others being in
1829. She also transported convicts to Van Diemen's
Land in 1820 and
The Morley was the next convict ship to leave
England for New South Wales after the departure of the
female convict ship Maria in May 1818. Prisoners were embarked on
the Morley from the hulks in June 1818.
One prisoner John Bluer
a 21 year old coal miner from Chester was held on the Retribution Hulk at Woolwich. He
had been tried on 17th April 1817 and sentenced to 7 years
transportation. He was transferred to the hulk on 24th
October 1817 and to the Morley on 29th July 1818.
By the time the Morley set sail John Bluer had
already been incarcerated for almost thirteen months and by
the time he arrived in Australia, seventeen months had
The Morley departed the Downs 18
July 1818, came direct and arrived in Port Jackson on 7
November 1818, a voyage of three months and 21 days.
John Whitemarsh. R.N., was employed as Surgeon
Superintendent. This was his only voyage in that capacity
and his medical journal does not seem to have survived.
There were 164 male convicts under his care and the men all
arrived in good health. The Sydney Gazette reported that
only one man was lost on the voyage out - a black man named
The military guard consisted of a
detachment of the 84th regiment (York and Lancashire) under
the orders of Lieut. Beamish. Members of the 84th regiment
also arrived on the
Stewart in December 1818.
There was a great
deal of anger amongst the guard on the General Stewart
regarding their victualling by Captain Grainger of the
General Stewart, and Lieutenant Beamish. Captain
Grainger later exchanged heated words on the decks of the
Grainger sought redress
from Governor Macquarie who declined to interfere in the
matter advising them to settle in a civil court.
Lieutenant Beamish returned to England on the
in April 1819 as did surgeon John Whitemarsh.
Morley was advertised to depart the colony in
The former Chief Officer of the
Morley George Sutherland did not depart on her. He
advertised his intention to leave on the Guide in
that same month.
Notes & Links
Ward, Innkeeper of the
White Hart Inn at Muswellbrook arrived on the