A wooden fullrigged ship built of teak in 1840 at Natmoo, Tenasserim [Moulmein?], Burma.
Dimensions: 117'3"×26'8"×22'5" and tonnage: 621 tons.
Equipped with two decks, forecastle and poop and had a square stern with single quarter galleries.
- Launched at Natmoo, Tenasserim [Moulmein?], Burma, for Cockerell & Co., Calcutta. Employed in the Indian country trade. [Bateson gives that she was built for Phillips, Shaw & Lowther, Exchange Bld, London]
- Sold to Frederick Mangus & Co., London. A female bust had taken the place of the original scroll figurehead. Employed in the Australian emmigrant trade.
- Sold to Wm. Phillips & Wm. H. Tiplady, London.
- 1847 September 29 - January 27
- Sailed from Plymouth to Adelaide in 120 days with 245 emmigrants.
- 1852 January 29 - May 31
- Sailed from Plymouth to Melbourne in 123 days with emmigrants. The crew subsequently deserted her for the goldfields while at anchor in Corio Bay, Geelong.
- Sold to the Victorian State Government, Melbourne, and her certificate of registry cancelled. Hulked and fitted with cells and used as a temporary gaol while the shore facilities were being built.
- Used as a reformatory ship for seamen.
- Sank in the Sydney harbour.
- Raised and sold to a syndicate which fitted out the ship as a convict hulk. Toured the Australian coast exhibiting the Success as the "convict ship".
- 1895 September 12
- Arrived at Dungeness, 166 days out from The Semaphore, South Australia under command of Captain Allen.
- Re-rigged as a barquentine at the Glasson Dock. Sailed from Liverpool under command of Captain D.H. Smith to Boston, MA, where she arrived after a voyage of 98 days.
- Fitted out as a merchant ship and equipped with an oil engine.
Sank off Carrollton due to ice damage.
- 1946 July 4
- Burned at Lake Erie Cove, Cleveland, OH, while being dismantled for her teak.
Sea Breezes Vol. VII (1924), p 111-112, ill.
Sea Breezes Vol. XI (1928), p 160.
Sea Breezes Vol. XII (1929), p 147.
Sea Breezes Vol. XII (1929), p 248.
Sea Breezes Vol. XIII (1929), p 120-121, ill.
Sea Breezes Vol. XIII (1929), p 182.
- The Convict Ship Success. Catalogue.
c1930. 8vo, 24 pp.
- The Famous Australian Convict Ship Success. Catalogue.
1891. 8vo, 16 pp.
- The History of the Convict Ship Success, and Dramatic Story of Some of the Success Prisoners. A Vivid Fragment of Penal History.
c1912. 8vo, 150 pp.
- "Sinbad": Convict Ship Success.
Sea Breezes Vol. 2 (1946), p 322-323.
- Bateson, Charles: The Convict Ships 1787-1868.
Brown, Ferguson & Son, Glasgow, 1959, 8vo, 355 pp, ill.
- Cuthbert, Henry: Commodore of the "Felon Fleet".
Sea Breezes Vol. 2 (1946), p 414-415, ill.
- Felgate, T.M. & "F.A.B." & Garwood, A.W. & Woad, C.A. & "G.B.": Convict Ship Success.
Sea Breezes Vol. 2 (1946), p 469-470.
- Harvie, Joseph C.: The History of the convict hulk Success and Success prisoners.
Petty, London, 1895. 8vo, 80 pp.
- McNeill, C.: Cabin Boy in the Success.
Sea Breezes Vol. 3 (1947), p 73.
- Wardle, Arthur C.: Official History of the "Convict" Ship.
Sea Breezes Vol. 3 (1947), p 73-74.
- "HHB": An Age Competition.
Mariner's Mirror Vol. 6 (1920), p 218.
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