Embarked: 160 men Voyage: 147 days Deaths: 5 - 6 Surgeon's Journal:
arrived 20 August 1791 Next vessel: William and Ann
arrived 28 August 1791 Master John Nichol
Salamander was a vessel of the Third Fleet.
London Times reported that 'on the 24 March the
Atlantic, Salamander and William and Ann transports with
convicts for Botany Bay, put to sea (again) from Plymouth on the
evening of the 23rd, and it was hoped would now get out of the
Channel and make a safe passage (2)
Salamander eventually sailed on 27th March 1791. The
Albemarle, Active, Admiral Barrington, Britannia and
Matilda departed Portsmouth on the same day. The Mary Ann
had sailed more than a month earlier and the Gorgon
had made her departure on 15 March 1791 The Fleet later met with
the convict transport Queen from Cork at Madeira.
The following list of transport vessels was provided by
Messrs. Camden, Calvert and King contractors for the
Commissioners of the Navy for the conveyance of convicts to New
The Salamander arrived in Port Jackson on 21 August
1791 with 12 privates of the NSW Corps and 154 male convicts,
stores and provisions.
From David Collins' Account of
the English Colony....
The convicts were landed on 23
August and the soldiers on 27th August 1791(3)
Hunter's version of the arrival of the Salamander, most
of the convicts were in a weak emaciated state, and complained
that proper attention had not been paid to them.(1)
Salamander departed Port Jackson bound for Norfolk
Island 4th September 1791 with 160 male convicts, stores,
provisions, two non commissioned officers and eleven privates.
On the voyage she entered
Stephens, the first ship to have done so.
Notes & Links:
1). In correspondence from the Victualling Board to Lieutenant
Governor Grose, HRA Vol 1., p. 462, records William Irish as
Master of the Salamander