Convict Transport Ship Sir Robert Seppings
This is the story of the voyage of the convict transport ship Sir Robert Seppings from London to Hobart Town , Van Dieman's Land, Australia, in 1852. Richard Smith Stuart was the commander of the Sir Robert Sepping, which was registered at 628 tons and built of teak. The First Mate or Chief Officer was Thomas James Clark. The convict transport Sir Robert Seppings left Woolwich on March 18th 1852 with 220 female convicts and some children. A westerly gale blasted them for two days after doubling the Cape of Good Hope. On the 8th June, they arrive at Hobart Town and the convicts were taken to a factory called the Brickfields. Hobart was built at the foot of Mount Wellington and around the Derwent there were many mountains and forests.
At Hobart the Sir Robert Seppings was chartered by the Government to fetch 300 prisoners from Norfolk Island and bring them to Port Arthur. She left Hobart on the 19 or 20 August 1852. At Norfolk Island the villainous-looking convicts were brought on board supervised by marines with loaded pistols and she left on 13th september. During the voyage back to Hobart some convicts tried to hide among the water casks in the hold and they were brought on deck in irons for the rest of the voyage.
On October 13th 1852, 9 sailors deserted from the Sir Robert Seppings, taking on of the Quarter Boats. They were recaptured and sent to solitary confinement in the Hobart Town Prisoners' Barracks, also known as the Penitentiary or "Tench".
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