Embarked: 182 men
Voyage: 142 days
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Larkins arrived 22 November 1817
Friendship arrived 4 January 1818
Samuel Remmington. Surgeon Superintendent
The Ocean was built at
Whitby in 1808. Prisoners from counties throughout England
were transported on the Ocean.
9 August 1817 - On
Wednesday night, between 7 and 8 o'clock, 22 convicts were put
into an open wagon in the Old Bailey yard, which soon
afterwards drove off on their way to Portsmouth for
embarkation to Botany Bay. The early hour attracted a greater
crowd than usual outside; and a curious incident occurred.
Several persons climbed up, as usual on the outside wall, to
take a view of the convicts. One of them was imprudent enough
openly to claim acquaintance with one or two of the most
hardened; when the officers in attendance, suspecting him to
be an old offender, rushed out at the gate, and took him into
custody. He was lodged in Newgate with some difficulty.
prisoners mentioned above may have been destined to embark on
the Ocean. The Ocean was built at Whitby in
1808. This was her first voyage bringing convicts to New South
Wales. She was the next convict ship to leave England for
New South Wales after the departure of the
Larkins in July 1817. The Ocean sailed from
Spithead on 21st August 1817
and called at St. Helena on 31st October where she remained a
week. According to Governor Macquarie's
diary, one prisoner was discharged from the ship and sent
home from St. Helena.
This was George Fairfowl's
first voyage as Surgeon Superintendent of a convict ship. He
employed on the convict ships
in 1820, Woodman
in 1832 and the
kept a Medical Journal which commenced on the 24th June 1817.
It is a detailed journal of the particular cases however not
as informative as to the conditions on the vessel as his later
His first case was that
of free passenger Edmund Shackley who took ill in July after
bathing his feet in cold water.
Ocean arrived at Port Jackson on
10 January 1818 with 180 male prisoners having lost
two on the passage....Augustus Golding and William Tarry who
both died of consumption. The other prisoners arrived in
general good health, though several had been afflicted with
inflammation of the lungs which was cured during the voyage.
The Ocean departed Port
Jackson for Batavia on 15th February 1818. Surgeon Edward
Foord Bromley returned to England on her. Her next voyage to
New South Wales with convicts was in
Notes & Links:
Hunter Valley convicts /
passengers arriving on the Ocean
2). Island of St. Helena....
1. The Times [London, England] 9 Aug. 1817: 2. The Times Digital Archive. Web.
11 Mar. 2013.