Boddington (1781 ship)

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United Kingdom
Name: Boddington
Owner: Boddington (1781-1805)
Operator: East India Company (1793-1795)
Builder: Thames[1]
Launched: 1781
Fate: Wrecked near Blackwall in September 1805.
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 331[1] or 350[2] (bm)
Armament: 6 × 4-pounder guns[3]

Boddington, sometimes referred to as Boddingtons, was a merchantman launched in 1781 on the River Thames. She spent the first decade of her career as a West Indiaman. She made one voyage in 1792 transporting convicts from Ireland to Australia. For her return trip she also made one voyage for the East India Company from Asia to Britain. She wrecked in 1805 on the Thames River.


Boddington was launched on the Thames for Boddington, who used her upon the West Indies route.

Under the command of Captain Robert Chalmers, she sailed from Cork, Ireland, on 15 February 1792, with 125 male and 20 female convicts. During the voyage Chalmers suppressed a mutiny by the convicts.[4] She arrived at Port Jackson, New South Wales on 7 August 1793. One male convict died on the voyage. She left Port Jackson in October 1793 for Bengal, in company with Sugar Cane.

Between 1793 and 1795 Boddington made one trip for the East India Company from Penang to Britain.[5] She apparently was in Bengal prior to arriving at Penang. Lloyd's List reported that "The Boddingtons, Chalmers, from Bengal to London, met with bad weather which obliged her to put into Prince of Wales Island, where she has been refitted, and was to proceed under Convoy of the Bombay frigate."[6][Note 1] Boddington left Penang on 11 November 1794 and reached St Helena on 27 February 1795. The East India fleet left Boddington and Barbara, from the South Seas, at "the Line".[7][Note 2] She then arrived at Long Reach on 5 August.[5]


The Register of Shipping for 1805 gave the name of Boddington's master as Wright, and her trade as London—Jamaica.[3]

Boddington became stranded in the Thames off Blackwall on a sandbank and was wrecked. On 13 September 1805, Lloyd's List reported that "The Bodingtons, Wright, from Jamaica, is on Shore near Blackwall, and full of Water."[9]

Notes, citations and references[edit]


  1. ^ At the time, the frigate Bombay belonged to the East India Company; the Royal Navy purchased her in 1805. The EIC used Bombay to patrol the waters in the Bay of Bengal and beyond.
  2. ^ Barbara, of 241 tons (bm), had been launched in 1771 at Philadelphia. Between 1788 and c.1802, when she was captured, she had completed some eight whaling voyages.[8]


  1. ^ a b Hackman (2001), p.225.
  2. ^ Lloyd's Register (1793), seq. no. B283.
  3. ^ a b Register of Shipping (1805), Seq.№381.
  4. ^ "Early Australian Days". Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW), Wednesday 12 April 1911, p.7. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b British LIbrary: Boddington.
  6. ^ Lloyd's List, no.2717,[1] accessed 17 November 2014.
  7. ^ Lloyd's List, no. 2736,[2] - accessed 17 November 2014.
  8. ^ University of Hull - British Southern Whale Fishery - Voyages: Barbara.]
  9. ^ Lloyd's List, no.4253,[3] - accessed 17 November 2014.


  • Bateson, Charles (1974) The Convict Ships, 1787-1868. ISBN 0-85174-195-9
  • Hackman, Rowan (2001) Ships of the East India Company. (Gravesend, Kent: World Ship Society). ISBN 0-905617-96-7