The Skeleton Closet

Katherine Stewart Forbes

A barque built at Northfleet docks in Kent in 1818 to 'second description first class' for the Chapman company. She weighed 457 ton. She was also variously recorded as a ship and a barque.


length - 117' 3"
beam - 29' 4"
depth of hold - not recorded

She made four visits to Adelaide, but only two were from England. It seems she stayed in Australian waters for a few years and was variously employed in the sea-going transport trade.


Gravesend to Adelaide - 1837

She sailed from Gravesend on 27 July 1837 and arrived at Holdfast Bay on 17 October 1837 under the command of Captain A. Fell. On this trip she brought 222 passengers with her. [List]


London to Adelaide - 1839

She sailed from London on 10 September 1838 and arrived in Port Adelaide on 21 March 1839 bringing 83 passengers.[List]


Other visits

In February 1832 she sailed from Woolwich bound for Van Diemans Land (arriving on 16 July) carrying 222 male convicts under the command of Captain James Berry. An ill fated voyage to begin with as cholera broke out aboard her on the day she sailed from Woolwich, so she anchored in Plymouth Sound but was ordered to put to sea again after receiving medical supplies and the services of an assistant surgeon from the Royal Navy. She returned to the Thames Estuary and was laid up in Stangate Creek until almost the end of March before being allowed to resume her voyage. Of the 222 convicts aboard, 30 men developed cholera and 13 died before she finally set sail for the new land.

17 June 1839 from Launceston bringing sheep

6 October 1839 from Hobart Town bringing timber


1837 Passengers into Adelaide

Bailey, George

Barclay, JJ

Chance, William

Cornish, Mrs W (nee Rush)

Croucher, John

Day, Mrs Samuel (nee Spencer)

Douglas, Mrs H

Duncan, Handasyde

Easther, W

Figg, Harry

Garlick, Moses Bedle and family

Hillier, John F

Hillman, Elizabeth Jane

Hillman, James

Hillman, Jane

Hillman, Johanna (nee Palmer)

Hillman, John

Hillman, John

Hillman, Leonard

Hillman, Richard Thomas

Jones, Thomas

Mitchell, Mr & Mrs WH, 3 daughters, 5 sons

Rainsford, Joseph

Rush, Benjamin

Scown, ----

Sparshott, Mr & Mrs F

Standley, ----

Stevens, Hester Ann

Stevens, John

Thompson, George Robert

Thompson, GR

Weaver, Mr & Mrs Alfred

Wright, AB

Wright, William

Young, George


1839 Passengers into Adelaide

Bennett, ----

Cooper Miss SA

Cooper Mr & Mrs Charles

Cottrell, ----

Duncan, Dr and Mrs

Ferguson, ----

Freeman, ----

Horrock, Eustace

Horrock, J

Hussey, ----

Mincham, Mr & Mrs William

Stead, John

Watson, H

Watson, T

Watson, W

Watson, William

Webb, Mrs Charles