Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | June 8, 2014


Did you know that a convict ship docked in Cornwall?


The ship Success was built in Burma in 1840 for members of Cockerell & Co. She served as a British merchant vessel, living up to her name, until 1848 when she was chartered by the British government to transport convicts with life sentences to Australia. She was fitted with 72 cells. She transported prisoners until 1851, when she was permanently stationed in Hobart’s Bay, Australia as a receiving prison. She continued to be used as a prison ship until 1885, when she was scuttled and sunk. She was raised five years later as an exhibit to educate and remind people about the almost forgotten history of convict ships.  She was touring North America when she was dry docked in Cornwall for repairs.


This and other ships stories may be viewed at the Cornwall Community Museum

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