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HMS Rodney?
« on: Saturday 18 July 20 17:55 BST (UK) »
   I know there was a RN vessel called the Rodney, launched 1833. There also appears to have been a ship called Rodney taking transported criminals to Tasmania between August 1850 and February 1853. Were they really the same ship? A friend who has written an extensively researched family history seems to think so.
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« Reply #1 on: Saturday 18 July 20 18:17 BST (UK) »
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« Reply #2 on: Saturday 18 July 20 18:33 BST (UK) »
  I have not seen that website - I see that ship was built in 1850, if it sailed to Tasmania in August that year, it seems like good going! I checked the site and it has my friend's relative listed on the first voyage, which tallies with what he wrote. He was also puzzled by the fact that the ship apparently didn't put in anywhere en route, is this likely?
    The site I looked at was convictrecords.com.au.
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« Reply #3 on: Sunday 19 July 20 12:51 BST (UK) »
 The RODNEY in question was a Merchant ship. Built in Sunderland in 1850, registered in London UK.
http://passengersinhistory.sa.gov.au/node/935064
She would have returned to a UK port in 1852 . He crew agreement/logbook for the voyage would be catalogued under 1852.
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http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4067411
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« Reply #4 on: Sunday 19 July 20 15:47 BST (UK) »
  Thanks Seaweed and Shaun, my suspicions confirmed!
  Can I also ask about the voyages? As I said above, my friend was puzzled that the voyage appeared to be non stop?
   I was already wondering about the route taken to Australia, as a relative went at about the same time. When my gr grandfather went with the R.N. in 1854, they crossed to South America, Rio I think, then round the Cape of Good Hope. In that case they then detoured up to Oman, but would the usual route have been via S.America and the Cape?

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« Reply #5 on: Sunday 19 July 20 18:33 BST (UK) »
I searched Lloyd's List And Trove. All I could find was that she sailed from Portsmouth and arrived in Queenstown 15/09/1851. Sailed 23/09/1851. Called at Gibraltar 1/10/1851 and sailed  05/10/1851 She made a 74 day passage from Gib, direct to Hobart Town.
It would appear that she sailed eastwards crossing the Southern Ocean. Her masters name was Alexander Maclean.
To be 100% certain then her Logbook, if it has survived, should tell you her exact route.

See https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/2959714?searchTerm=rodney

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« Reply #6 on: Sunday 19 July 20 19:49 BST (UK) »
  Thank you.
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« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 22 July 20 14:16 BST (UK) »
This might not help, but you never know. There is a pub named for The Rodney in Little Baddow, Essex.

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