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George the Third, Convict Voyage to Van Diemen's Land 1834-35

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Convict Transport ship the George III 's ill fated voyage to Van Diemen's Land 1834/1835

type: ship

built: 1810 at Deptford in England

size; 394 tons (114 feet length, 28 feet 3 inches beam)

master: Captain William Hall-Moxey

surgeon superintendent: David Wyse

left England: 12 December 1834

passengers: 220 male convicts and 88 crew, guards and their families

sank Van Diemen's Land: 12 April 1835

lost in the disaster: 133 (128 were convicts)

survivors: 160

George III, was wrecked on reefs at the south-eastern entrance to the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on 12 April 1835 near the end of a voyage from Woolwich to Hobart Town.

133 of 220 male convicts on board lost their lives, 81 survived, one being a 10 yr old boy. Only five of the 88 crew, guards and their families were drowned. Firearms had been discharged to keep the convicts below decks while the latter were being evacuated. from Convict Records website


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