Account taken from the medical records of convict ship Duke of Cornwall in July 1850.
Of a feeble & worn out constitution is unmarried & has no children states that she has been in delicate health for some years, & that she suffered much distress for want of food during the Famine in Ireland; which was the original cause of her being transported. She is a native of Co. Clare and speaks little or no English is altogether a poor helpless creature, & quite unfit to endure a long sea voyage, but on the point of Embarkation her previous History was unknown
Symptoms; little or no appetite, pulse feeble but not accelerated tongue clean, bowels constipated complains of pain & a feeling of sinking at Scrobiculus Cordis, Face pale & thin, extreme depression of Spirits, & appears quite hopeless of recovery. Apply a small Blister over the pit of the Stomach - The same treatment has been continued but without much advantage. She does not gain in strength and her digestive powers appear to be thoroughly exhausted, there is now considerable pain after eating and there is now tenderness on pressure over the Epigastrium; There is little change since last report, the ointment has brought out a copious eruption of pustules & the Rhubarb acts on the bowels. Ellen Dowley, 30, was taken ill at Sea on the 10th of August & discharged from the Sick List 1st Sept. Died at Sea on the 28th of October.