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Convict Ship Mangles 1837


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Embarked: 310 men
Voyage: 109 days
Deaths: 3
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Previous vessel: Margaret arrived 30 May 1837
Next vessel: Heber arrived 12 July 1837 
Captain William Carr
Surgeon Superintendent Francis Logan
This was the eighth voyage of the Mangles bringing convicts to Australia. The next voyage of the Mangles was in 1840.

The Mangles departed Portsmouth on 23 March 1837.

Francis Logan R. N., kept a Medical Journal from 3 March 1837 to 15 July 1837. On 7th March, soldier Robert Shufflebottam became ill after taking a chill on the boat from Chatham. The surgeon remarked that Shufflebottam had only been released from jail a few days before and was greatly debilitated and inadequately dressed.

Shufflebottam never fully recovered and died on 20th April at sea. Convicts John (or George) Martin and Mark Osborne took ill with dysentery the day the vessel departed. Both also later died.

According to the surgeon the cases of dysentery were occasioned by the wetness and filth from the water closets as all the cases which occurred were in the beds that the drainage came down on. There were fifty-nine cases of scurvy. William Westwood (Jackey Jackey) was only seventeen years old when he fell ill with scurvy in May. In the indents he was described as an errand boy from Essex under sentence of 14 years transportation for stealing a coat. He was 5ft 5in with a ruddy complexion and brown hair and dark grey eyes. There was a scar on the back of his right hand and the marks 1831, Jan3 1820, Aug 1, and blue illegible mark on the lower left arm. On the back of his left hand was a sun. Under Francis Logan's care, he soon recovered and went on to become one of Australia's best known bushrangers. He was hanged at Norfolk Island in October 1846.

On June 23rd the Mangles had been out 91 days and was at latitude 41 6' S, longitude 103 11' E. She spoke the poorly provisioned Heber off Cape Lewin and supplied them with two sheep, some wine and other necessities before the two ships parted company.

The Mangles arrived in Port Jackson on the 10th July 1837 and the prisoners were mustered on board on Saturday 15th July before being landed in the following couple of days. Six of the men were considered very bad characters and they were ordered to be kept at labour on the public works immediately on arrival - James Cotton, William Kensey, John Jones, Richard Ward, Samuel Hulbert and Robert Woolley.

Most of the prisoners were in their twenties or early thirties. Twelve were under the age of fifteen, the youngest being William Hellingworth, George Head and Sebastian Allner who were only 14 years old. The oldest convict on board was Adam Gibbs who was 64.

The Guard consisted of 32 rank and file of the 80th regiment under the orders of Major James Winnett Nunn, Lieut., Lockhart, Ensign Kelson. Seven women and four children, wives of the soldiers came passengers. One of them, the wife of Major Adgerson, bandmaster of the 80th regiment took ill in May and was treated by Francis Logan. Other passengers included Mrs. Carr and Mrs. Alcock.

The Guard were landed on Tuesday afternoon 11th July at the Dockyard displaying the colours of the 80th regiment to which they belonged. The band of the 4th were in attendance and they later marched from the dockyard to the Barracks.  Convict Ships bringing detachments of the 80th regiment to Australia.

According to the Sydney Herald the Mangles brought out a large number of iron gratings for the sewers at a cost of 1500.

The Mangles sailed for China on Sunday 14 August 1837.  

Notes & Links

1). Francis Logan was also employed as surgeon on the convict ships Fanny in 1833, Champion in 1827 and the Royal Sovereign in 1835

2). Hunter Valley convicts / passengers arriving on the Mangles in 1837

3). Voyages of the convict ship Mangles included those in
 1820, 1822, 1824, 1826, 1828, 1833, 1835, 1837 and 1840

Detachments of the 80th regiment arrived the Lady Kennaway, Lloyds, Norfolk, Bengal MerchantAsia, Captain Cook, Earl Grey, St. Vincent, John, Prince George, Mangles, Heber, Theresa, Calcutta and Eden.

4). Rovings in the Pacific, from 1837 to 1849 written by Edward Lucett includes details of the voyage of the Mangles:
Departure from Spithead March 1837 Pages 11 - 14.....

Arrival in Port Jackson July 1837 Pages 41 - 44




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