William - Bombay Country Ship
Built in Bombay Dockyard, in 1800, as 'country ship'; 400 tons.
Used by General Baird as his Headquarters on the voyage to Egypt in 1801; Lachlan Macquarie sailed on board the William as Baird's Deputy-Adjutant-General.
[Sources: Bulley, A. Bombay Country Ships 1790-1833. pp. 11 and 181; see also: Macquarie, L. Journal 1801].
Colonial Government Schooner [July 1817]: seized by convicts; discovered stranded on beach near Port Stephens, retrieved and returned to Sydney in April 1819. Vessel named after Government Master Boat-Builder William Cossar, who was dismissed from service in 1818.
William Miles (1808-1883) - Merchant Ship
Barque; three-masted. Built at Bristol in 1808 (324 tons), and later increased in dimensions and tonnage (577 tons) in 1816.
Served in the India trade until 1820's; used once as a convict transport in 1828 to Van Diemen's Land when it carried 192 male convicts, arriving in Hobart on 29 July 1828 (seven convicts died on voyage). Eventually wrecked on 9 August 1883 near Porthcawl in the Bristol Channel - the vessel was 67 years old.
Lachlan Macquarie encountered the William Miles in 1822 in the northern Atlantic Ocean during his return voyage to Britain on board the Surry. He incorrectly recorded its name as the William Milles.
[Sources: Bateson A. The Convict Ships; Hobart Town Courier & Colonial Advocate July 1828; Macquarie, L. Journal: 18-29 June 1822].
Winterton - East Indiaman
Built by John Perry at Blackwall, London; launched in 1782; Three decks; length (approx.) 144 ft., breadth 35 ft.; 771 tons.
Four (4) voyages to India in the period 1782-1792; (1) September 1782 - June 1784 (Madras & Bengal); (2) February 1785 - October 1786 (Madras & Bengal); (3) May 1788 - June 1790 (Bombay); (4) May - August 1792 (Madras & Bengal); wrecked on 19 August 1792 in the Mozambique Channel, near the west coast of Madagascar, on outward voyage to India. Commanded by Captain George Dundas (c.1741-1792) during 1788 and 1792 voyages; some survivors in 1792.
Macquarie mentions the arrival of the Winterton in Bombay on 6 September 1788 with Major General William Medows, the new Governor of Bombay on board.
[Sources: Farrington, A. Catalogue of East India Company Ships' Journals and Logs 1600-1834. p. 713; for a full description of the shipwreck and its aftermath see: Hood, Jean. Marked For Misfortune: an epic tale of shipwreck, human endeavour and rescue in the age of sail. London: Conway Maritime, 2003].
Woodcot - East Indiaman
Built by Wells, launched in 1786. Three decks; length: [approx.] 144 ft.; breadth: [approx.] 36 ft.; 802 tons.
Five (5) voyages to India and China between 1787 and 1798: (1) March 1787 - November 1789 (Madras & China); (2) February 1790 - August 1791 (Madras & China); (3) January 1793 - August 1794 (Madras & Bengal); (4) June 1795 - December 1796 (Bengal); (5) June 1797 - captured in Tellicherry Roads (on Malabar Coast) on 20 April 1798, along with the Raymond, East Indiaman, by the French frigate la Preneuse.
[Sources: Farrington, A. Catalogue of East India Company Ships' Journals and Logs 1600-1834. p. 714; Bombay Courier 12 May 1798, and the Times (London] August 1798 p.3d].
Worcester (4) - East Indiaman
Built by Perry, launched in 1785. Three decks; keel: 144 ft. [approx]; breadth: 36 ft. [approx]; 798 tons.
Eight (8) voyages to India and China between 1786 and 1808: (1) February 1786 - June 1788 (Madras & China); (2) May 1790 - August 1791 (Bombay); (3) April 1793 - April 1794 (Benkulen); (4) May 1795 - January 1797 (Cape, Bengal & Benkulen); (5) February 1798 - February 1800 (St Helena, Bengal & Madras); (6) March 1801 - June 1802 (Bombay); (7) July 1804 - December 1805 (Bengal, Madras & Bombay); and (8) March 1807 - December 1808 (St Helena, Madras & Bombay). Commanded by Captain John Hall (c1740-) on the five voyages between 1786 and 1800.
Macquarie mentions the departure of the Worcester from Cananore for Bombay on 29 December 1790.
[Source: Farrington, A. Catalogue of East India Company Ships' Journals and Logs 1600-1834. pp. 717-719].
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