ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
ASIA
Construction
WOOD
Type
SHIP
Date
1818
Description
Rig: SHIP
Yard Number: 27
Owner: George McInnes, Alex. Forbes

Registered Aberdeen
Cost £7,149

2 decks, 3 masts, square rigged, square stern, standing bowsprit, carvel built, Wood, sheathed in copper, quarter galleries, a woman's figurehead. Thomas Fisher Stead, Master in 1826.

Subscribing Owners in 1826:
John Lumsden, 11 shares; Alexander Dalgarno, 11 shares; James Knowles, 6 shares.
Other Shareholders in 1826:
George McInnes, Shipowner, Old Aberdeen, 27 shares; James Morrice, Shipmaster, Aberdeen, 4 shares; Peter Brown, Canaan Bank near Edinburgh, 5 shares.

(Source: Aberdeen Register of Shipping (Aberdeen City Archives))

1819: Captain J. Morris, London-Bombay
1821: London-New South Wales
1824: Captain J Reid; London-Calcutta
1825: Captain Stead
1826: Captain Steed (1826 miss-spelling?); London-New South Wales
1827: Captain Stead; London-India
1828: London-New South Wales
1839: Captain Govey; Owner J. Somes; Registered London; Plymouth-New South Wales run
1840: London-Transpt.
1843, 1844, 1845: Captain D. Smith; London-Transpt.
No mention after 1845

Details from the Warren Register of Colonial Tall Ships, carrying convicts to Australia:

1st voyage: carried 190 male convicts to Sydney and had one death en-route. Departed England on the 3rd of September 1820 and arrived in Sydney on the 28th of December 1820. Master: Captain J. Morice. Surgeon: William B. Carlyle.

2nd Voyage: carried 190 male convicts to Sydney and had one death en-route. Departed England on the 4th of April 1822 and arrived in Sydney on the 24th of July 1822. Master: Captain Thomas L. Reid. Surgeon: J. A. Mercer.

3rd voyage: carried 190 male convicts to Sydney and had no deaths en-route. Departed Cork, Ireland on the 29th of October 1824 and arrived in Sydney on the 22nd of February 1825. Master: Captain Thomas F. Stead. Surgeon: J. A. Mercer.

5th Voyage: carried 200 female convicts to Sydney and had one death en-route. She departed Cork, Ireland on the 10th of September 1829 and arrived in Sydney on the 13th of January 1830. Master: Captain Thomas F. Stead. Surgeon: Alexander Nisbet.

6th Voyage: carried 200 male convicts to Sydney and had no deaths en-route. Departed Portsmouth on the 16th of October 1831 arrived Sydney on the 13th of February 1832. Master: Captain Thomas F. Stead. Surgeon: Andrew D. Wilson

7th Voyage: carried 230 male convicts to Sydney and had ten deaths en-route. Departed the 'Downs' [Kent] on the 21st of February 1833 and arrived in Sydney on the 27th of June 1833. Master: Captain Thomas E. Stead. Surgeon: Thomas Galloway.

Aberdeen Journal, 9/6/1824:
To Lieut. Thomas Livingston Reid, R.N., commanding private ship [i.e. not East India Co.] ASIA, at sea, 12/1/1824 - As ship will soon take river Hooly pilot we, principal passengers...express in most unreserved manner their highest esteem and admiration fro way throughout voyage you have administered to wants and comforts of our party, even giving up your own apartments when health of a passenger required. We have observed your great skill as a navigator as well as excellent management shown by yourself and your officers in maintaining strictest discipline and harmony among crew. [Reid to be given a uniform sword to be made up in England]

Caledonian Mercury, 20/11/1824:
The ASIA convict ship has sailed from Cove [Ireland] to New South Wales, having on board the police constable found guilty of manslaughter at Spring Assizes of Maryburgh.

Caledonian Mercury, 31/5/1830:
Ship ASIA, Captain Ward, for Philadelphia was almost exclusively protestant and we never witnessed more respectable emigrants, mainly from neighbourhood of Omagh and Newton Stewart. (Derry Sentinel)
Shipbuilder
A. HALL & Co.
Shipowner
George McInnes and others, Aberdeen
Dimensions
length 118.6' x breadth 32.5' x depth 15.5'
gross tonnage 532 tons

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