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Lady MacNaghten (1825)

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According to Reference 6: (McIntyre, Perry, & Rushen, Elizabeth, “Quarantined! The 1837 Lady Macnaghten Immigrants,” Anchor Books, Australia, 2007.) “The Lady Macnaghten was named after Letitia (née Dunkin), wife of Sir Francis Macnaghten, a judge of the Supreme Courts of Madras and Calcutta who was also an Ulster patron of science and discovery. The ship was built at Howrah, near Calcutta, in 1824 during which time when their son, Sir William Hay Macnaghten (1793-1841) served as an Anglo-Indian diplomat with the Bengal Civil Service. Many variations of the spelling of the ship’s name appear in the official documentation, and it has been standardised in this book except in direct quotations. This first class ship of 588 tons was launched on 22 January 1825 with Certificate of Registry No. 20 granted at Calcutta on 6 April 1826. Built of Indian teak, it had a woman figurehead, three masts and was square-sterned. Carvel-built it was 122 ft 7 inches in length, with 6 ft 7 inches between the decks.”

From LADY MACNAGHTEN By Ken McNaughton at: http://www.clanmacnaughton.net/docs_articles/LADY_MACNAGHTEN_7.pdf

The Lady Macnaghten sometimes referred to as the Lady McNaughton and Lady McNaghten made at least 6 voyages to Australia.

1. Sailing 23 June 1835 as a Convict ship from Dublin in Ireland. Arriving in New South Wales on the 26th of October 1835.

2. Leaving Cork in Ireland on the 5th of November 1836 -- Port Jackson New South Wales on the 26th of February 1837 as the ill-fated "Fever Ship". Where one in six passengers died of illness either en route or shortly after arrival. Even the Surgeon-superintendent John Alfred Hawkins, aged just 26, became too debilitated by the disease Typhus to continue.

3. Lady McNaughton also sailed as part of the BOUNTY Scheme on the 26th of September 1838 from Cromarty in Scotland with only 205 immigrants for New South Wales. She arrived on the 28th of January 1839.

4. Leaving from Plymouth in England on 30th August 1840, with 260 Immigrants for New South Wales. She arrived in Sydney on the 16th of December this time only 9 passengers died.

5. In 1847 she Left London on the 1st of July, arrived in South Australia in October that same year with free settlers.

6. In 1850 she left Plymouth on the 24th of February, arrived in South Australia in June that year with settlers.


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