Re: [IrelandOldNews] !! Ballina Chronicle; Dec 19, 1849 "Exiled Convicts"
- I haven't received any since this one. What's up?
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Subject: [IrelandOldNews] !! Ballina Chronicle; Dec 19, 1849 "Exiled
> BALLINA CHRONICLE
> Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
> Wednesday, December 19, 1849
> THE EXILED STATE CONVICTS
> On board the Swift, off the Cape,
> September 12th, 1849.
> "We have at length, after two weeks knocking about got thus far; and
> seize the first moment of breathing time to give you a short sketch of our
> voyage, &c. On the evening of the 11th July, we lost of the old Head of
> and on the 12th and 15th, were tossed about very considerably in the Bay
> Biscay. We then passed along the coast of Spain and Portugal, and on the
> sighted Maderia, with the surrounding islands. We then came close to the
> Canaries, and Cape Verd Island, holding close on by S. Western coast of
> as far as Sierra Leone, whence we struck to S.W. in consequence of
> wind, and crossed the line between 25 and 30 degrees long, on the 11th
> From that we were driven over towards the coast of South America, nearly
> as Rio de Janrio, from whence we got a favourable gale, which will, I
> bring us safely to anchor in Simmon's Bay tomorrow. On the 22d August we
> put on short allowance of water, which, after cooking, &c., left us just a
> "gill" each, for washing and drinking. I never knew the value of fresh
> till now. It has been very indifferent all along, but to be put on short
> allowance as well is very hard indeed. I need not tell you that the
> been exceedingly not up till within the last four weeks; but we are now
> a little into the cold; this month counting as the month of March with
> With regard to our accommodation, the Captain read for us his
> on the day we lost sight of Ireland. They were briefly enumerated under
> following heads. We were allowed to be on deck two at a time, from sun
> sun set; and have a marine placed on guard at our cabin door. We were to
> cocoa and dry biscuit for breakfast, and tea and biscuit; these
> two gallons of wine each, for the entire voyage, form a bill of fare. We
> looking forward, however, for some better modifications on our arrival at
> Cape. We are all in excellent health, and just the same spirits as you
> see us at Richmond. For my part I was never better. The sea voyage has
> improved me.
> Simmons Bay, 18th.
> We got in here last evening expecting to remain a few days to get
> done and a few little necessaries, but in this hope we have been
> We are ordered off at 12 o'clock to day and no communication allowed with
> shore. In fact the officers of the ship are as much prisoners in this
> we are. There is a regular commotion among the inhabitants against making
> convict settlement; in fact they won't submit to it.---Your's.
> T.B. M'MANUS.
> Cathy Joynt Labath
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