[Editor: This brief untitled news item, about convicts bound for Australia, is an extract from the “London” section published in the The London Chronicle (London, England), 5 January 1792.]
[The convicts on board the Pitt, Manning, for Botany Bay]
The convicts on board the Pitt, Manning, for Botany Bay, were attacked with the smallpox, and which went through the soldiers. At one time there were more than 150 on the sick list at once.
They all recovered, only eight convicts and two children being lost. Three children have been born, and more were expected.
The convicts were in general remarkably well behaved; so much so, that several were permitted to assist in the navigation of the ship, and to attend the watering-parties in landing, without their fetters. The Pitt expected to arrive at Port Jackson about Christmas.
The London Chronicle (London, England), vol. LXXI no. 5519, 3-5 January 1792 [“From Tuesday, January 3, to Thursday, January 5, 1792”], p. 10 (2nd page of that issue), column 1 [scan #14]
fetter = a chain, manacle, or shackle placed around a prisoner’s ankle; something which confines or restrains; to put fetters upon; to confine, restrain, or restrict (usually used in the plural form: fetters)
Pitt = a British ship which transported convicts to Australia, arriving in 1792 (commanded by Captain Edward Manning)
See: 1) “Convict Ship Pitt: 1792”, Free Settler or Felon
2) “Pitt voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1791 with 403 passengers”, Convict Records [a list of all of the convicts who were transported to Australia on the convict ship Pitt]
3) “Details for the ship Pitt (1792)”, Claim a Convict [information about the convict ship Pitt, including a list of convicts transported]
4) ““Pitt” 1792 (Convict Ship) England to NSW, Australia”, Geni
5) “Portrait of the convict transport Pitt”, Silent World Foundation [a painting of the convict ship Pitt, by the English artist Thomas Whitcombe, dated 1793]
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