Isabella (1827 ship)

Isabella was a 323-ton merchant ship built in Whitby, England in 1827. She made one voyage transporting convicts from Ireland to Australia. She was wrecked on a reef off the Caroline Islands in 1841.

United Kingdom
Name: Isabella
Builder: T. Barrick[1]
Launched: 1827, Whitby
Fate: Wrecked in 1841
General characteristics
Type: Barque
Tons burthen: 323 (bm)
Propulsion: Sail


Isabella first appears in the Register of Shipping for 1827 with J. Brown, master, and Nelson & Co. as owner. Her trade is Weymouth to the Baltic.[2]

The entry for Isabella in Lloyds Register for 1840 gives her master as "M'Ausland", her owner as H. Nelson, her homeport as London, and her trade as London to Sydney.[3]

Under the command of Alexander McAusland and surgeon Henry Mahon, Isabella left Dublin, Ireland, on 5 March 1840 and arrived at Sydney on 24 July 1840, having sailed via the Cape of Good Hope.[4] She embarked 119 female convicts, passengers, and cargo. No convicts died on the voyage.[5]

Isabella sailed from Sydney for Newcastle on 27 August in ballast.[6] She arrived back in Sydney on 6 October. On 22 December, Isabella left Port Jackson bound for Guam in ballast.[7]


While sailing to Guam, Isabella was wrecked on a reef in the Caroline Islands on 30 January 1841. The crew reached Manila safely after twenty-seven days in the boats.[8]

Citations and references


  1. Weatherill (1908), p.147.
  2. Register of Shipping (1827), supplemental pages.
  3. Lloyds Register (1840), Seq.№I172.
  4. Bateson (1959), pp.306-7.
  5. Bateson (1959), p.337.
  6. "Shipping Intelligence". The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, Saturday 29 August 1840, p.2. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  7. "Shipping Intelligence". The Sydney Herald, Wednesday 23 December 1840, p.2. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  8. "Shipwreck - Loss of Isabella". The Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser, Friday 11 June 1841, p.2. Retrieved 2 February 2016.


  • Bateson, Charles (1959). The Convict Ships. Brown, Son & Ferguson. OCLC 3778075.
  • Weatherill, Richard (1908) The ancient port of Whitby, and its ships. (Whitby: Horne & Son.)
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