CONVICTS ON THE 'VENUS'. 1806
her namesake, who was the subject of some ribald verse, the brig 'Venus'
, taken over forcibly by convicts and brought to
had been obliged to take on several
KELLY had taken as a mistress during the voyage, a convict, Catherine HAGERTY who, on the way to Port Dalrymple threw overboard - for some unstated reason - a small deal box containing papers of Captain KEMPs. Catherine was "middle sized, with light hair, a fresh complexion, much inclined to smile and a horse voice". One wonders if her sense of humour was shared by Captain KEMP.
While the brig was in Port Dalrymple, the cheeky mutinous mood of her crew continued to alarm Mr. CHACE. He was aware they were robbing and plundering the ship, and was beginning to fear for his life.
After going ashore to deliver some Government Dispatches, he was returning to the ship when he was surprised to see her already underway. Five loyal members of his crew, who had been set adrift in a boat, told him what had happened. The mate, KELLY, armed with a musket, had put himself in charge of the vessel, aided by the Pilot, David EVANS, and Richard THOMPSON, a Soldier, who had taken the helm.
the Venus sailed from Port Dalrymple she had a rough
collection on board, including a man called EDWARDS - who
had "a very remarkable scar" on his cheek - and
The pirates sailed off with supplies of grain, flour and salt pork, originally intended for Australian Settlements.
ship made for the
the Venus sailed out of from the
became of the Venus is not certain. The Maoris themselves claim to have captured
her, killed and eaten the crew of 12 and burned the ship for the nails and metal
in her hull. Only the mulattos seaman, Joseph REDMONDS, was spared. He settled at Mercer on the
Venus was the first of a number of vessels to be seized by convicts on the
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