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Captains and Crews on the Lady Nelson 1798 - 1824


Captains and Crews on the Original Lady Nelson

1798-1824

 

 

Lady Nelson River Thames 1800 


1798- 1799                                          Commander                 Not known

 

Service in the River Thames until the Lady Nelson was placed under the command of Lt. James Grant and sailed to Portsmouth, from where she set sail for NSW.

                                               

 

19 Oct. 1799-1801                              Commander:           *Lt. James Grant R.N.                                                                      Crew:                           (12-15 men) no names

 

First ship to sail through Bass Straight from west to east. 1800

Service in the Colony of New South Wales, Norfolk Island & Van Diemen’s Land. 1800-1

 

                                                Ref.

James Grant The Narrative of a Voyage of Discovery, performed by His Majesty’s Vessel The Lady Nelson.

                                                Ida Lee The Log Books of the Lady Nelson.

Irene Schaffer. Lt. James Grant 1772-1833 & H.M Colonial Brig Lady nelson 1798-1824.

 

 

1801                                                    Commander:                 William Rossin Lt.

                                                           

1802                                                    Commander                 Acting Lt. Murray

 

Crew:                           *John Johnstone 2nd Mate

                                                                                                Isaac Ross

                                                                                                William Haines

                                                                                                John Mc Donald

                                                                                                George Woodlands

                                                                                                James Browne

                                                                                                Thomas Field

                                                                                                John Daily

                                                                                                William Murphy

                                                                                                John Tate

                                                                                                Thomas Tackle

                                                           

 

Ref.

Valda Cole. The Summer Survey. Log of the Lady Nelson 1801-1802.

 

1803    January                                   Commander                 *Lt. George W. Curtoys

                                                             With Buffalo                                       

Crew                            *James McDonald 

                                                                                                William Roberts

                                                                                                Richard Perkins

                                                                                                Richard Wallis

                                                                                                William Robinson

                                                                                                William Evans

                                                                                                John Barton

                                                                                                George Jackson

                                                                                                Richard Jackson

                                                                                                William Duce

                                                                                                Charles Abercrombie

                                               

1803 April                                           Commander                Lt GeorgeCurtoys Acting

                                                                                                James Symons 1st Mate

                                                           

Crew                            Benjamin Rowland

                                                                                                William Murphy

                                                                                                John Williams

                                                                                                John Mason

                                                                                                *William Brooks

                                                                                                Joseph Emanuel

                                                                                                Philip Jaminson

                                                                                                George Coxson

                                                                                                Isaac Ross

 

 1803   August                                                                        *Isaac Moss (convict)

 

 

 

Service in the Colony of NSW.

Surveyed the Tamar River with botanist Robert Brown on board, collected rare plants and sent them to England.1803.

Assisted Lt. Col. Collins in conveying his party from Port Phillip to the River Derwent 1803-4.

Lady Nelson sailed with Albion to establish first settlement on the River Derwent. Lt. Bowen as Commandant. 1804

 

Ref.

Irene Schaffer & Glyn Roberts. Lady Nelson’s Voyage to the River Derwent 1803. Log Book June – October

1803.

 

 

                                                                                    William Evans

                                                                                    John Baston

                                                                                    George Jackson

                                                                                    Richard Jackson

                                                                                    William Duce

                                                                                    John Winsor

                                                                                    William Connelly

                                                                                    James Done

                                                                                    Charles Abercombie

 

 

           

1804-5                                     Commander:                  Lt. James Symons 
                                                                                    To Port Dalrymple
                   

Crew                            Thomas Allen

                                                                                    Henry Antonio

                                                                                    Wiliam Mistlock 1st Mate

                        Philip Goodinought 2nd Mate

                                                                                    John Pioperly?

                                                           

*George Bruce (Convict)

 

Service in the Colony of NSW. Port Jackson to Port Dalrymple.

Sailed to NZ to return Chief Te Pahi.

 

Ref.

Irene Schaffer  & Glyn Roberts. Lady Nelson’s Voyage from Port Jackson to Port Dalrymple 1804. Log Book, October 1804 – January 1805.

                                                George Bruce: Australian Biography.

 

1807-8                                                 Commander:                 Lt. Kent

 

                                                Service in the Colony of NSW. NI & VDL.

Sailed from Norfolk Island in 1807-8 with Deportees for the River Derwent.

 

Ref.

Irene Schaffer. Embarkations of Norfolk Islanders to VDL 1807-1813; Exiled Three Times Over.

 

 

1808-9                                                 Commander:                 William Stewart

                                                                                                (Master Marine)

 

Conveyed the Lady Nelson to Mr B Overhand.

 

 

 

1809-11                                               Commander:                 *Bryan Overhand

                                                    (ex-convict)

 

Sailed from Port Dalrymple to Port Jackson.

                                                Sailed to Norfolk Island and Newcastle from Sydney.

Sailed from Sydney to Hobart Town with Governor Macquarie and Mrs Macquarie for a tour of inspection 1811.                                                .

 

 

1811 & 1815                                       Commander:                 Edward Watson

 

                                                Sailed to Newcastle from Sydney 1812

 

 

1813                                                    Commander                 *Bryan Overhand

                                                                                                  (ex-convict)

 

Sailed with the last of the deportees from Norfolk Island to Port Dalrymple 1813

           

1815-1816                                           Commander                 *Thomas Whyte (White)

                                                                                                     Master Marine

                                                           

Crew                            George Watson

 

Sailed from Sydney to Newcastle. Reports on the aging condition of the Lady Nelson.

 

                                                Ref.

                                                K. Morris. The Fortunes of Captain Thomas Smyth

 

 

1817                                                    Commander                 David Smith

                                                                                                (Master Mariner)

Crew

 

1818                                                    Commander:                 Lt. William Randall

                                               

Sailing north of Port Stephens.

 

1819                                                    Commander                 G. Brown

                                   

                                                Delivering Convicts to Port Macquqrie.

 

 

1821                                                    Commander:                *Captain John Nicholson

 

                                                When the Lady Nelson was wrecked at Port Macquarie

                                                Nicholson was appointed to refloating her and
                                                Governor

                                                Macquarie granted him 700 acres of land and his

 thanks.

 

                                                Ref.

                                    Brief Details of Captain John Nicholson Master

  (R.N) And his Family and Descendants.

 

1821-1824                                           Commander                 *Thomas Hansen

 

                                                Lady Nelson wrecked off Port Macquarie. 1821

                                                           

                                                Ref.

                                                Kath Hansen. In the Wake of the Active.

                                                Ray Martin. The First Family Captain Thomas and

Hannah Hansen and their children.

 

 

1824-25                                               Commander:                 Captain Samuel Johns

                                                            Crew:                           Henry Hamilton

                                                                                                John Juer

                                                                                                John Pawsey

                                                                                                (7 not named)

Ref.                 

J.J. Colledge. Ships of the Royal Navy; Mariner’s Mirror, Blue Book for 1826.

  

Extracts from book Captains and Crews on the Original Lady Nelson 1798-1825.

  

* Profiles

 

Captains

*Lt. James Grant R.N.

*Lt. George W. Curtoys

*Thomas Whyte (White)

*Bryan Overhand

*Captain John Nicholson

*Thomas Hansen

 

Crew

*John Johnstone

*James McDonald 

*William Brooks

*George Bruce (Convict)

*Isaac Moss (convict)

 

If anyone has information on any of the captains or crew, I would be grateful and would include it. Any mistakes please let me know and I will correct them.

                                                                                           
                                                                                                  
© Irene Schaffer 2006             

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