Henry Wellesley (1804 ship)

Henry Wellesley was a 304-ton barque sailing ship built in 1804 by Bacon, Harvey & Company at Calcutta, British India. She was wrecked near Calais in 1841.

United Kingdom
Name: Henry Wellesley
Namesake: Henry Wellesley
Builder: Bacon, Harvey & Co., Calcutta
Launched: 1804
Fate: Wrecked in 1841
General characteristics
Type: barque
Displacement: 304 tons
Propulsion: Sail

Under the command of Benjamin Freeman and surgeon Robert Wylie, she departed Portsmouth, England on 7 October 1835, carrying 118 female convicts. She arrived in Sydney on 7 February 1836 and had five convict deaths en route. Henry Wellesley departed Port Jackson on 20 March bound for Batavia in ballast.[1]

In 1835, Henry Wellesley sailed, under the command of Edward Williams and surgeon William Leyson, on her second voyage as a convict transport, departing Woolwich on 20 July 1837, with 139 female convicts. She arrived in Sydney on 22 December 1837 and had no convict deaths en route. Henry Wellesley departed Port Jackson on 10 February 1838 bound for Batavia via King George's Sound, with cargo.[2]

Henry Wellesley sailed from Batavia on 2 January 1839 to Port Adelaide arriving on 5 March, then to Sydney arriving on 18 March. She then sailed for Batavia, before returning to Sydney in September and a voyage to Hobart Town, before again sailing for Batavia.


While she was traveling from London to Hobart Town, Henry Wellesley went aground near Calais on 25 May 1841 and was wrecked.[3]


  1. "Shipping Intelligence - Departures". The Sydney Herald, Monday 21 March 1836, p.2. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  2. "Vessels entered outwards since last publication". The Sydney Herald, Monday 19 February 1838, p.2. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  3. "English Shipping". The Australian (Sydney), Saturday 18 September 1841, p.2. Retrieved 26 April 2016.


  • Bateson, Charles, The Convict Ships, 1787-1868, Sydney, 1974. ISBN 0-85174-195-9
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