Convicted of stealing clothing and linen and transported for seven years, she became known as Nance Ferel and was considered a 'troublesome' convict. John Nicol described how she 'was ever making disturbance', and would 'abuse the agent and captain'. She was confined in a 'wooden jacket' as punishment, which was an empty flour barrel with holes cut out for the head and limbs. Nicol described the scene: 'She laughed and capered for a while...She walked about strutting and smoking the tobacco, and making others laugh...her head moving from side to side like a turtle'. This did not seem to have much of an impact, and she was eventually whipped with a cat o' nine tails.