1859 Log Book

1859 Log Book
Royal Naval Dockyard Prison

The following transcript was generously contributed by Evelyn L Glenn in December 1999. The transcript was taken from an old leather log book dated 1859. It had been torn and many pages damaged by mold and a child’s scribbling. Difficult-to-read entries were placed in parentheses.

1858 Bermuda Dock Yard

Latitude 32-19-(1 or 4) North latitude 64-54-18W

By Mr J___ Jones (or Janes?), Master HMS Hussar

Names of the men that came from the police from London to Bermuda in August 11, 1856.

(note: meaning of the the column "v d" and the abbreviations underneath unknown)

name

v d

left

died

Mr Goulan

(B)

left-enlisted

 

Mr Sinan

B

 

yellow fever

Minyean

d

left

 

Carson

E

   

Roberts

 

left

 

Story

 

left

 

Oldfield

     

Waller

     

Campbell

   

died

Brown

L

   

Dawson

 

left

 

Jackson

     

Cape (Cope?)

 

left

 

McCarthy

M

left

 

Lourick (Lovrick?)

 

left

 

Kemp

 

left

 

Broderick

 

left

 

Hiniary (Heniary?)

N

left

 

Raughten (Paughten?)

P

left

 

Hale

 

left

 

Britton

 

left

 

(Kiable?)

   

died

Burrige

V

   

Redman

 

left

 

Spurland

     

Ships sailed from Bermuda:

Seamore

bark

For England with convicts on the 6th March 1858 Mr John Yorkham(?) and Mr Sims in charge.

Schoener

(Gulnear?)

For England with (I)nruliads soldiers of the 26th regt of Fort on the 31st day of Jun/58. Mr Mays went with her.

Queresoo

Steam___ ManOWar

Arrived here from Jamaker on the 26th of Mar 59 and saled for Americka on the 31st Lord Lions the English Counsel was in her.

Male

 

On the 23rd April 59 Mr Calerway- blacksmuth at the spar yard. Left Bermuda for England.

WH Chandler

bark

For London with prisoners 16th April 59. Mr Cope, resined & went with her. Mr & Mrs Bastain, Mr & Mrs Caulan & child. Mr Witts (Bond) and Hatfield in charge.

Ship Indues

 

On the 16th April 59

Devenshire

brig

For Spke Island with 40 prisoners Sep 21/59. Mr Paseley-Parkson (Jackson?) and O"Brian in charge.

WH Chandler

bark

Saled for England with 187 prisoners on Munday 10th Oct 59. Decter Edward, Mr Riding (Forth or Fort?) Smith. Threadenham-Newburg & Martin in her.

True

Britton ship

From England on Tuesday 23rd March 58 with 309 prisoners and sum of the 26th rgmt on boat.

True

Britton ship

From England with 320 prisoners & sum of the 26th rgt boat, 9 Nov 58. They attempted to take ship coming out. They got in the gun store & many of them got drunk & this is how it came out what they intended to do was to murder the soldiers & crew and take the ship to America then wond Capt and his wife and to the 26th rgt with them. Then intended to murder him and keep his wife. Lots for her & a day (2 words-Pri time?) after.

Prisoners flogged:

7th Jan/58

50 lashes

Gill receved for knocking Mr Minton down in the Quarry

4th June/58

50 lashes

2937 Mr P Bryan for knocking Mr Casbelt down in the middle deck.

Sun, 6th June/58

 

The whole of the prisoners were going to break out of the Midway & murder the officers, but on Saturday noon Governor Murrey & Capt Pasco came on bord and had the 26th rgt inf (ness?), the they flogged 9. 6 receved 24 lashes, 2 receved 50 and 1 receved 40, not being able to receive the other 10.

     

Ships arrived in Bermuda:

Padth Devistation + Terrar

From England

13 Oct 1857

Baseless

Steam-paddle from Alifease (Halifax?)

16 Oct 1857

Lasher

gunboat

16 Oct 1857

Berrerd

Steam-paddle from Alefiase (Halifax?)

13 Nov 1857

The Indus

Flag ship 84 guns

13 Nov 1857

Devistation

 

11 Dec 1857

Jarter

steamer

11 Dec 1857

Seamore

Bark from England

12th Jan 1858, Mr Hays, Wel__(House?) came on her.

Kathleen

Bark embarked at Gravesend

5 Sep 1858 for Bermuda Capt Fader. We were 36 days cuming out.

Styks

Steam-paddle, Man or Ware (Man-0-War?) from Jamicker

29th Mar 1859

   

Capt Newland from London in the place of Capt Pasco on the 12th April 1859

Gladater

Man-O-Ware, paddle steamer

Arrived from Alifak (Halifax?) on Sat 7th & left on the 10th Oct 59 for Jamaca

Hymali

Screw-steam. She is the largest steamer but one in the world. She is 375 feet long- 750 horse power & 170 crew

Arrived here from America wth the 39th rgt on bord on Wed 13th Oct. She left Bermuda on the 18th Oct 59 for England with the 26th rgt on bord

Gladater

Steam paddle, Man Ware

Arrived here on the 3th November 59. They had the yellow fever on board. She saled for Alefax on the 4th.

The Indus and Gladater

Arrived in Bermuda from Alefax

Friday, 15 Jan 1860. On the 21st the Indus came in the (camber?).

Dalta

Male stemaer

Arrived from England 21 Jan 1859

   

Wm Deddin (Beddin?), Martin O’Brian, J Smith & wife, Pasley(?) & wife, the ship ser(geon) John Lorrance arrived here from England with prisoners on the 9th Jan 1860

   

Prisoners (4) from Bermuda to America. Names Crawford & Curd. Curd had free pardon for proticting chief warden Sims when he was attacted by a prisoner named Francis. They went away on the 22th Jan/60.

The Gladater

Steam-paddle

Left Bermuda for St Georges 1st Feb 1860

The Male

 

Arrived Feb 14th /60 Governor Murry-Jackson Threadenham & Dr Edwards.

As soon as the muster was over the Irish again atackted the English. There were several injured & be taken to the hospital. 3 of the ring leaders were sent to Boaz Island to work in irons & 2 got 7 days in the hole. In the evening the Irish made another atacked on the English, 5 were locked up. Sunday the 1st of May 59, they mustered the men and let only 1 deck of men up at a time for only hour walk on the brakewater. They then clear the brakewater. Locked the men up & let another deck lot up and did all day.

On Tuesday 3 moor of the ringleader were sent to Boaz Island to work in irons. Thir names is Dooley, Caine, Fitzmarice, Glennon, Gill, & Calachan. Then thir were 5 or 6 moor put in the lock up for a few days and then let out.

A man received 75 lashes for striking Mr Fisk on the head with a pick handle about the 4th of May 59 at Boaz Island.

Prisoners fighting May 28th/59. The prisoners that were taken to Boaz Island and put in irons on the 29th April last for a murderis assult on the English men. All sent back to the Midway again. On the 31st Fitzmarice was tranceford to the Tenedors & when told he was to go he said he would not go and put them all in defience. He was lovked up for the night & the next day was sent to Boaz Island. On Wed 1st of June 59 about 4 in the after noon there was a row in the deckyard among the Irish and English. They were discord. Sent a bard with broken heads & when the gang come in 4 about one half of them was abord. A shout was given by the Irish & they went at it with (kims/kives/knives?) & anything they could lay their hands on. There was one prisoner the name of (Lavis/Lewis?) kild. He was stabbed to the heart in the order dick by prisoner McNamarra a lad about 17 old. When another prisoner named Kinnar, an old man held him. Then 4 or 5 moor expect to die but things recovered. There were 25 sent to the hospital & 5 in the sick bay. The names of them will be tride for the murder is Marrice, Ryan, Fitzgerald, Brise, Heffins, McNammarrow and Denner. The witnesses names is Park, Blackman, and Yarnold. Roberts, (Subistin) and Walsh were in irons for a short time for the row in the dock yard. About the 9th of Nov 59, the prsoners were tried for the murder. McNammarow and Kinner were found guilty of murder & the 5 others discharged. Sum months after they were sent to England & what be came of them after we do not know.

Flinn received 50 lashes for striking Warden Pasley at the timardos on Sat 11th June 59.

5 prisoners received 36 lashes for refusing to take there fellow prisoner from Boaz Island to the (Tuns…?) Hulk where they had to sleep. On the 5th Aug 59.

Prisoner Thomas Feb 21st /59. I was going out with the prisoners to the dock yard whan 2686 Thomas fell out of his party. I ordered him back- he did not com back. After breaking my party of 8- went where the prisoner was & he met me & said what the hell are so down on me this morning for. I don’t care a dam for you- who the hell do you think you are talking to. Do you think you are talking to a bluddy thief.- damd my eyes I am a good a man as you are. You may go an report me if you like- I will fix you. You may take me a bord if you like. What the hell do I care for you do you think he gut a paultery 14 days. Grog & pay.

Kild on Sat 16th April 59. In the quarry prisoner 2813 A Lockwood, knocked down 3239 W Cocaran and delt him a kick when he was down which kilt him on the spot. The qurrey Medick was man slarter and he was taken to Hamilton jale by Mr Carbolt and Mr carson to awate his trile on Wednesday the 4th May he was aquited.

Mr Neely May 15th/59- prisoner McNeely at Boaz Island knocked Pr Warder Dujelas (Douglas?) down. He is turned over the civil power centence 10 months.

3321 L francis knocked down Chief warder Sims in the dock yard on the 17th August 59. He was tride by the civil power on Thursday 4th he received 50 lashes for threatining Lander. About the 11th November 59 and sentence to 15 years. Escaped during the night of 2 & 3 may 59. 3 prisoners name McBride, Allsop & Sparrow made their escape.

No 656 (name obviously erased) received 36 lashes for inclence to Asst Wardon Harrington on bord the Tenidos on 25th Jan 60.

Prisoner Blackman received 60 lashes on bord the Midway for striking after Warden floged Feb 21st 1860.

Prisoner named Johnson at Boaz Island cut his throat & died the next morning Feb 2? 1860.

Boaz Island

Dec 18th 6(2)

Sir,

In riference to the Comptroller F order of 27th Inst. I have the honor to state that I am desirous to go to Canada & if the means were granted me for removing myself & family of wife and children to the colony I should feel but too grateful. I brg you will kindly submit my request to the comptroller praying him to use his influence in obtaining thi favour for us.

If the above request is not granted I have the honor to state that I shall require a passage to the Untied Kingdon with family as above.

Trusting you will use your influence in my behalf.

I have the honor to be Sir your most obedient servant

(The name Emma Brow and scribblings contained throughout this page)

"to piarse boots-mutton fat or bushon taller—bees wax-rosan-lampblack-boots---turpentine-mutton fat, bees wax, melt it down and put it on hot rub it well in before a fire.

For cleaner of any metal that is bronze- 4 quarts of water- 1 gill of A Furtos, 20 drops of spirits of salts. Wash of well & dry it befor lackuring. Working shellac into the shakes or defects and then scrape and sandpaper when quite cold.

Should your work be old and been bees waxed get sun-hot vinegar and rub on till all be washed off, then wash with cold water the parts to be polished when dry, sandpaper and slop all imperfections. N(o) 003 Should your work have been "Aurnert" be sure and wipe of your hot vinegar as soon as possible.

For bronze get your mettle quite cleane then put it in pickle, take it out & put in boiling water, then black lead it, put your metal in hoven to get hot before ____Lauren.

(Next page is in child’s writing)

Dear anty I take my pencle led pencle to git you a few lines to let you know that we are all well. Rachel Naomi Brardson

 

May 1878

Board

   

John Stevens

Commenced 17th

 

John Buridge

DO (=ditto)

 

H VonConmot (or Van Conmof?)

DO

 

Thomas Arrowsmith

DO

(note: name crossed out)

Dan Ashley

April 16th

 

John O’Brien

Ap[ril (2)4th

 

Thomas Cane

June 22nd

 

George Phelin

July 6th

 

Paid

   

Stevens

2 dollars

May 25th

Burbridge

DO

 

Venconeb

1 dollar

 

Ashley

3 dollars 22 pcts

 

Stevenson

$2

May 25/70

 

2

May 30th

 

2

June 7th

 

7

June 22nd

 

2

June 29th

Burridge

$2

May 25/70

 

2

May 30th

 

2

June 7th

 

3-60

June 15th

 

2

June 22nd

 

2

June 26th

W Bowland

$2

May 30/76

 

2

June 7th

 

2.50

June 12th

 

3.10

June 22nd

 

2.00

June 29th

 

2.00

July 6th

 

2.00

July 13th

 

3.00

July 20th

 

3.00

July 27th

 

3.00

Aug 3rd

 

2.50

Aug 10th

 

2.50

Aug 17th

 

2.50

Aug 24th

 

2.50

Aug 31st

 

2.50

Sep 7th

2.50

Sep 13th

2.50

Sep 21st

2.50

Sep 28th

2.50

Oct 5th

D Ashley

$14.25

Paid up to May 31st

5

June 15th settled

2.50

June 22nd

4.00

July 6th

2.50

July 18th

2.50

July 23rd

2.50

July 30th

2.50

August (1st)

2.50

August 13th

2.50

August 20th

2.50

August 26th

2.50

Sep 3rd

2.50

Sep 10th

2.50

Sep 16th

2.50

Sep 29th

2.50

Oct 6th

Tom Cane

$2.75

George Thelan

2.50

Jul 11th

1.58

Jul 20th

2.50

Jul 27th

2.50

Aug 3rd

2.50

Aug 10th

2.50

Aug 17th

.75 on pants-cash

Aug 17th

2.50

Aug 24th

2.50

Aug 30th

2.50

Sep 7th

2.50

Sep 13th

2.50

Sep 21st

2.50

Sep 28th

2.25

Oct 5th

22.50

37.50

 

(Next 2 pages are children’s drawings)

(This page torn and parts missing)

Boaz Island January 7 ___

To Mr Spears Bourgh…. Of Mr Brown one hou… 4 shillings- paid 11th

Feb 11 th 1 bird paid 18 be…

September 17th-18th the ship kate Swanton saled from Bermuda for England & Ireland with about 250 prisoners.

Mssrs Harris, Dr Smith, Wellman, Odfield, Corson, Huelands, & Mr kaye, Mrs Knot, Blandon & wife & child, Dr Butterfield.

(This page is a child’s writing – improving penmanship- splotch of ink covers a quarter of page)

Mich Nour 11th 1880

Father

My dear grandmother

I now write you a few lines to let you know that we are all well hoping this will find you all the same. I am glad to hear that you (are) in better health now. I wish (ink spot…) and wash your dishes….. in while now you are alone and how often I wish you could come and have dinner with yus every Sunday I think I will come back to Canada and try and have you with me onec in a while.

Love W…bul…

(this page faded pencil)

How many times may paf…. & yearnings…

Anniversary hope…. …. & the

T M bafish Four that postman mail

For you never can forget…

(poetry??)

(Next page – sounds like repetition of early log)

Wm Redding, Martin O’Brian, S Smith & wife, & Pasley & wife. The ship Sir John Lorrance arrived here from England with prisoners on the 9th Jan /60.

Prisoner 4= saled from Bermuda to America. Names Crawford, Curd had a free pardon for proticting Chief Warder Sims when he was attacted by a prisoner names Frances. They went away on the 28th (or29th?) Jan/60.

The Gladater, steamer-paddle left Bermuda for St Georges Feb 1st 1860.

The Male arived Feb 14th 60. Governur Murray-Jackson (O’Brian crossed out), Thredinham, & Dr Edwards.

As son as muster was called …..

The Irish again attackted…..

The English thure were…..

Several injurd & be taken…

To the hospital. 3 of the….

Ring leaders were sent to Boaz Island to work in irons & 1 got 7 days in the hole. In the evenings the Irish made another atakted on the English. 5 were locked up Sun 1st May /59. They mustered the men & Lt Onely one deck up men in at that time for one hour on the brakewater. Then they clear the brakewater….

Locked the men up &…

Another deck Lot up &….

On all day.

On Tuesday 3 moor of the ringleaders were sent to … Boaz Island to work in … irons there names …. (Grickner), Murry then went to the Timordas (Tenedos?) and flogged 5 moor all this was for mutines conduct. Everything went pritty smuth after.

Mutiny on bord the Midway the convicts 8 Dec 58.

On the 11th 8 were flogged 7 receved 50 lashes & 7 36. They bring the ringleaders. There names wore Rileys, fitzmorice, Cain, foster, fitzgerald & others.

Mutiny on Tuesday after noons 24th April 59. There was a murder as attacked by the Irish upon the English 3 were locked up next morne she was told who the man was that was to have her after the ship arived. How they sent sum of 26 rgt on bord to relieve the other soldiers who were great worn out there being up night & day. The next day they flogged 7 of the ringleaders.

Seamore Bark from England with Government Stars, Mr Lee & Waller, Caine in her Mr Buttin home with her this (occured?) on the 12th day January 59.

Melbourn steam ship from Jamaiker with soldirs bound for England 5 Feb 59.