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Details for the ship Guardian (1790)

Ship Name:Guardian  
Rig Type:HMS.
Build Year:
Size (tons):
Voyage Details
Master:Lt. Edward Riou R.N.
Sailed:12 September 1789
Arrived:21 February 1790
Port:wrecked at False Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
Route:Santa Cruz
Days Travel:
Convicts Landed:25 males & 0 female convicts
Notes:Originally destined for PJ, HMS Guardian struck ice and started taking on water approximately 1300 miles from the Cape. Staggering across the Indian Ocean she almost made it to Cape St. Mary (Madagascar), limping to the coast of Africa by 21 February 1790. Assistance was forth coming, anchoring at False Bay. On 12 April a fierce gale broke her moorings and she became a total wreck on the beach.

List of convict passengers

Bloxwich, JosephCubitt, DanielLowe, JohnRumble, Philip
Bonnick, ThomasDelove, JohnMayrick, ThomasSkinner, William
Boulton, JohnFiske, ThomasMitchell, JohnWade, William
Careless, WilliamGwynn, JosephMorris, JohnWeavers, James
Chear, RichardHughes, RobertMorris, John Chapman
Cone, HenryLatter, JamesPage, Edward
Cottiss, JohnLowe, HughPass, Charles

Note: The number of convicts recorded on this site that are associated with the ship Guardian is 25 .This figure may not correlate with the full listing of convicts recorded in official documents.


  • The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/1, pp.23-24
  • Bateson, Charles & Library of Australian History (1983). The convict ships, 1787-1868 (Australian ed). Library of Australian History, Sydney : pp.124-126

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