Medical journal of the Lonach, convict ship from 23 March to 9 September 1825 by Alick Osborne, surgeon and superintendent, during which time the said ship was employed in conveying convicts from Cork to New South Wales. [On virtually a daily basis, details of victuals issued, longitude, latitude and weather temperature readings are also recorded].
Folios 1-5: James Murphy, convict, aged 26; disease or hurt, complains of griping and purging has not had a motion in his bowels for several days past no fever tongue clean. Taken ill, 15 May 1825 at Core of Cork. Discharged 20 June 1825 cured.
Folios 6-10: John Connor, private 57th regiment, aged 27; disease or hurt, suffered very much from seasickness since the 16th can retain nothing on his stomach and is harassed with and insatiable thirst he has had no motion in his bowels since the 15th instance his features are sunk with a particular wild expression of countenance pulse small and quick tongue clean. Taken ill, 25 May 1825 at sea. Discharged 1 July 1825 cured.
Folios 10-13: Patrick Naughton, convict, aged 22; disease or hurt, he is of slender form and delicate constitution much oppressed with [grief] and despondency complains of severe griping pain in the lower part of the belly frequent purging but passes very little he has suffered much of the seasickness and has been very irregular in his bowels since he embarked tongue clean no pyrexia. Taken ill, 23 June 1825 at sea. Died 3 July 1825.
Folio 14: John Donovan, convict, aged 27; disease or hurt, a strong robust young man complains of acute pain in the right side about the fifth rib, interrupting his breathing very much, face pale skin hot pulse quick and small no cough. Taken ill, 28 July 1825 at sea. Discharged 4 August 1825 cured.
Folios 15-29: Blank
Folio 29a: numerical abstract of cases listed in the journal.
Folios 29A-30: Surgeon's general remarks about the Irish prisoners being very liable to dyspepsia and irregularity of action in the alimentary canal due to the total change in their diet combined with the effects of their 'depressing passions'. Signed Alick Osborne, surgeon and superintendent.