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HMS Sirius Crew not aboard the ship for the voyage to Norfolk Island March 1790

Not all the assigned crew members and ship’s marines were aboard HMS Sirius for the March 1790 voyage to Norfolk Island, they are noted in HMS Sirius muster by not being mustered on 20 March 1790 on Norfolk Island after the day after the shipwreck, but being mustered in April 1790 at Port Jackson.

David Collins wrote about the crew who remained in Sydney and some earlier promotions of members of HMS Sirius ship’s company.

“On the 5th the Sirius and the Supply left the cove, but did not get to sea until the following day, when at the close of the evening they were scarcely to be discerned from the south head. At the little post at this place Captain Hunter left the gunner, a midshipman, and six of the Sirius’s people. Mr. Maxwell, one of her lieutenants, having been for a considerable time past in a melancholy and declining way, and his disorder pronounced by the surgeons to be insanity, he was discharged from the ship, and had taken up his residence on shore under the care of the surgeon, with proper people who were left from the ship to attend him. [1]

HMS Sirius took on extra crew members at the Cape of Good Hope in February 1789.

Ship’s crew of HMS Sirius (1788 – 1789 – 1790) who did not travel to Norfolk Island in March 1790 including the gunner, a  midshipman and six able seaman who stayed behind at the post at South Head.

  • Jonathan Bell – able seaman, died 26 Jul 1788 Port Jackson
  • John Berriman – ship’s steward
  • James Brady – able seaman, HMS Sirius 1789
  • Henry Brewer – midshipman died 1796 Sydney
  • Walter Brody – able seaman
  • John Bryant – able seaman
  • Joseph Caldwell – able seaman, died at sea Dec 1788
  • James Cunningham – midshipman and master’s mate. He travelled to Norfolk Island aboard HM Supply in Mar 1788 and drowned 6 Aug 1788.
    Thomas Daveny – able seaman
  • John Davis – gunner’s mate
  • Thomas Desmond – able seaman, transferred to Scarborough  13 Feb  1788 at Port Jackson
  • Daniel Donovan – able seaman, HMS Sirius 1789
  • Stephen Donovan – transferred from the Alexander to HMS Sirius on 30 Jan 1788 as midshipman – travelled to Norfolk island aboard the Golden Grove in Oct 1788
  • George Eldridge – able seaman transferred to the Alexander Jan 1789 at the Cape of Good Hope
  • Walter Ellis – able seaman
  • Henry Fitzgerald – able seaman, died at sea December 1788
  • Furzey Fombell- able seaman
  • William Gray – able seaman, HMS Sirius 1789
  • George Graves 1788George Graves – boatswain’s mate, he died 10 Jul 1788 Port Jackson, buried at Dawes Point, headstone today is on display at the Rocks Discovery Centre, Sydney.
  • Cornelius Harragan – able seaman, transferred to HM Supply 29 Jan 1788 at Port Jackson.
  • Francis Hill  – master’s mate, died late 1789
  • John Benjamin Jones -able Seaman
  • John Livingstone – ship’s carpenter, discharged from HMS Sirius book on 17 Sept 1788, he travelled to Norfolk Island aboard the Golden Grove in Oct 1788.  Lieutenant Philip King  wrote: As I (Philip King ) was very much in want of a carpenter, a man who had been discharged from the Sirius (John Livingstone), and was on board the Golden Grove as a sailor, offered to remain on the island on any terms … I found him a great acquisition. [2]
  • Hugh Kerr – coxswain
  • John William Kerr – able seaman, deserted the ship 14 Feb 1789 at the Cape of Good Hope.
  • James Lewis – able seaman,  deserted the ship 17 Feb 1789 at the Cape of Good Hope.
  • John McDonald – able seaman – transferred to HM Supply 29 Jan 1788 at Port Jackson.  John died 10 April 1788 Port Jackson.
  • George Maxwell – 3rd Lieutenant
  • Frederick Meredith – able seaman, HMS Sirius May 1788
  • Roger Morley/Murely – able seaman. He travelled to Norfolk Island  aboard HM Supply in Mar 1788
  • Philip Neldor – able seaman – Feb 1789 he took sick at the Cape of Good Hope, sent home to England aboard the Alexander
  • Christopher Palmer – able seaman, transferred to HM Supply on 10 June 1788
  • John Parker – Master at Arms – February 1789 he took sick at the Cape of Good Hope, sent home to England aboard the Alexander
  • David Phillips – ship’s carpenter
  • William Phillips – able seaman, HMS Sirius 1789
  • Anthony Potts – able seaman, HMS Sirius 1789
  • William Pritchard – able seaman, deserted the ship 27 Jan 1789 at the Cape of Good Hope
  • John Robertson – able seaman, transferred to HM Supply 29 January 1788 at Port Jackson
  • John Punton – able seaman, deserted the ship 12 Feb 1789 at the Cape of Good Hope
  • Peter Ross – gunner
  • Ham Rust – able seaman, HMS Sirius 1789
  • John Shine – able seaman, died at sea late 1788
  • Daniel Southwell – midshipman
  • Alexander Wallis – able seaman,  deserted the ship 13 Feb 1789 at the Cape of Good Hope
  • Lawrence Tureene – able seaman, transferred to HM Supply 29 Jan 1788 at Port Jackson
  • John Ward – able seaman, HMS Sirius 1789
  • Robert Webb – able seaman who travelled to Norfolk Island aboard the Golden Grove in Oct 1788
  • Thomas Webb – able seaman who travelled to Norfolk Island aboard the Golden Grove in Oct 1788
  • William Westbrook – Ship’s Carpenter. He travelled to Norfolk Island aboard HM Supply  in Mar 1788 and drowned 6 Aug 1788.
  • James Wilson – able seaman,  – deserted the ship 14 Feb 1789 at the Cape of Good Hope
  • Robert Yule – able seaman

Reference: HMS Sirius Musters, 1786 – 1790, AJCP, Reel 6030, TNA, ADM 36/10978.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[1] David Collins, An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Volume 1.

[2] Philip Gidley King, Journal of Philip Gidley King: Lieutenant, R.N. 1787-1790.

 

Cite this article as: Cathy Dunn, 'HMS Sirius Crew not aboard the ship for the voyage to Norfolk Island March 1790', Australian History Research, http://www.australianhistoryresearch.info/non-crew-hms-sirius-march-1790/, accessed [insert current date]
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