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Convict ship - Prince of Orange

Charles Drewery was one of 136 convicts who set sail for Van Diemen’s Land (present day Tasmania) aboard the convict ship Prince of Orange on 1 April 1822, arriving there on 23 July [1].

The Prince of Orange was a two-decked vessel built in 1813 in Sunderland and weighed 363 tons [2]. Her master for the trip to Van Diemen’s Land was John Moncrief [3].

The surgeon onboard this ship was John Crockett, and his journal for the voyage is preserved in the National Archives [1].

Four convicts died during the journey [4].

The Prince of Orange had made a previous journey carrying convicts, to New South Wales in 1820-21 [5].

Another Hull convict, William Gibbons, travelled aboard the Prince of Orange with Charles Drewery. Like Charles, William was sentenced on 18 October 1821 to transportation for seven years [6].

References cited

[1] National Archives ADM 101/60/9, Ships surgeons’ records.

[2]  Charles Bateson, The Convict Ships, p. 231.

[3] ‘Claim a Convict’ website, (accessed 18 November 2015).

[4] 'Convict Stockade' website, (accessed 18 November 2015)

[5] 'Convict Records' website, (accessed 18 November 2015)

[6] National Archives, HO11/4 folio 73

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Convict chains
Relics of convict discipline, Hobart, Tasmania. Photo by Frank and Frances Carpenter. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.