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Mystery deepens over the eventual fate of Success

By Isle of Thanet Gazette  |  Posted: March 15, 2013

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PHIL Hughes from the Independent Vindicatrix of East Kent has been in touch following the article about the Australian convict ship Success which featured here last week.

He writes: "I was very interested in the article/photos on the Australian Convict Ship Success being an ex-seafarer in the Merchant Navy. So much so that I e-mailed details from the story to my seafaring colleagues in Australia to see if they were interested in the story or knew anything about it.

"One of my contacts, originally from Herne Bay prior to emigrating, is the newsletter editor of the Western Australia Vindicatrix Association and is keen to do an article on the story. However, during his recent research he has come across some anomalies which he is keen to confirm or add to.

"His research shows the Success to be an Australian ship built in Burma in 1840 so it could not be the same ship featured in this story by Mike Nichols.

"His research has also found it became a static convict hulk and was not a convict transport ship as mentioned in the article by Mike Nichols.

"His research does however confirm it sunk in Sydney Harbour and ended its days in America.

"If his research is correct then it could be possible that the ship featured in the article could have been an earlier ship of that name involved in the convict transport trade."

Thanks Phil, for getting in touch. Can anyone shed any further light on Success?

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