Aussie Convicts Escape Tasmania and end up in Japan 1830

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Oct 2016
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Fresh translations of samurai accounts of ‘barbarian’ ship arriving at the height of Japan’s isolation corroborate a story long dismissed as fantasy

An amateur historian has unearthed compelling evidence that the first Australian maritime foray into Japanese waters was by convict pirates on an audacious escape from Tasmania almost two centuries ago.


Australian convict pirates in Japan: evidence of 1830 voyage unearthed
 

sparky

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Jan 2017
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Nice one !
First Australian ship in Japanese waters was crewed by escaping convicts !
 

Naomasa298

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Apr 2010
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"Shogun-sama, those crazy white men are throwing a ball at three sticks."
"It must be one of their primitive religious rituals."
 
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Belgarion

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Jul 2011
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An amazing story. The irony of making it all the way back to Britain only to be caught and hanged. At least the convicts who hijacked the brig 'Frederick' in 1834 were able to escape hanging by a legal technicality. Frederick escape - Wikipedia
 
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