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Experiment, Arrived 24 Jun 1804

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The Convict Transport Experiment's 1804 Voyage to Port Jackson

Under the command of Francis J. Withers, Experiment sailed from Cowes, England on 4 December 1803. She sailed under a letter of marque issued to "Francis McWither" on 4 October 1803.[1]

She left in company with Coromandel, which was also carrying convicts to Port Jackson. While sailing in the Bay of Biscay (or 16 leagues from the Isles of Scilly, Experiment sprang her bowsprit and had her main top gallant mast carried away, during a gale. She limped back to Cowes to repair the damage and after repairs were affected, she sailed again on 2 January 1804, in company with the whaler Policy, bound for the Moluccas. Experiment arrived at Rio de Janeiro on 8 March and left on 8 April. She arrived at Port Jackson on 12 June 1804.[9]

Experiment embarked two male and 136 female convicts. Six female convicts died on the voyage. WIKIPEDIA


A total of nine settlers with their families came on the Experiment, including Caleb and Felix Wilson, Robert Martin, William Carlisle, Richard Dalton (later constable, gaoler, master of the Benevolent Asylum); Thomas Gordon, Thomas Arkell and Surgeon Edward Luttrell, wife and several daughters also. The wife and one child of Mr. Magrath and the wife of Mr. Wilson died on the passage as did also the child of another.

William Cox, son of William Cox of Clarendon came on the Experiment. He purchased a commission in the New South Wales Corps in 1808 and went to England with that regiment being promoted to Lieutenant in 1812. He returned to the Colony in 1814 on the "Windham" as a member of 46th Regiment and purchased the estate of Hobartville near Richmond in 1816. Free Settler or Felon?



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