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Birth at sea

I would love to know more about the birth of Emma Ann HODGE in 1801. The birthplace description on the 1851 census reads "On board BS Asia". Later censuses simply say "At Sea".

The only records for births at sea that I've found so far start in 1844. Is there somewhere that details earlier births?

I did find the name "Asia" under a list of convict ships sailing to Australia but the earliest date for those was 1822. What does BS stand for?

I have no details of Emma's parents so no clues there as yet.

Can anyone make any suggestions how to find out more?


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