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Early Australian Newspaper Clippings: March 1803 - February 1805

Clippings on whales, whaling & whaling ships from:
  • The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, Sydney, NSW
    The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser was the first newspaper
    printed in Australia, running from 5 March 1803 until 20 October 1842. It was
    an official publication of the government of New South Wales, authorised by
    Governor King and printed by George Howe.
  • Western Grazier - Wilcannia, NSW
  • Western Mail, Perth, WA

Photo: Sullivan's Cove the site of the first European settlement of what is
now Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania - © University of Tasmania



Newspaper Clippings
  1. SYDNEY
    1805 - Sunday, 24 February - On Monday last His Excellency returned to town from Parramatta. The ship building in Mr. Underwood's Yard is expected to be off the stocks in two months at farthest ; and is the first three masted vessel built here. Her burthen is computed at upwards of 200 tons ; her dimensions 87 feet over all, 22 feet seven inches beam, and 14 feet hold. It is yet scarcely nine months since her keel was laid ; so that in the space of about 11 months the largest maratime undertaking attempted here will be compleated. Proud of her superiority, she aspires to the illustrious appellative of the King George ; and that her successes may prove her worthy of the distinguishing mark of honour, we devoutly hope. The fishery is, we beleive, to be her first destination ; for which purpose the owners, Messs. Kable and Company have made purchase of a perfect suit of whaling gear, with boilers, &c. complete, from vessels that had sailed for Europe. We understand also, that upon the Scorpion's departure for Great Britain, her fishing apparatus will also devolve by purchase to the firm. Mr. Moody, now master of the Governor King fine schooner is intended to command her. (Source: 626644)
  2. SHIP NEWS
    1805 - Sunday, 17 February - On Thursday sailed the sloop Surprise for King's Town. On Friday sailed the George, for Bass's Straits. The Richard and Mary is expected to sail to-morrow for the fishery. The Alexander sails for England in the middle of the ensuing week. Hawkesbury Craft.-Waiting for a wind, the Hawkesbury, Hope, Improvement, and Charlotte. (Source: 626640)
  3. SHIP NEWS
    1805 - Sunday, 10 February - Yesterday evening returned the Richard and Mary south whaler from a cruise. Yesterday sailed the Æolus for Canton direct. On Friday sailed His Majesty's colonial vessel Resource for King's Town ; the Francis to sail this day for the same place. On Thursday arrived the Surprise from the above settlement ; from whence she had sailed last Friday se'nnight ; but shortly after clearing the River was overtaken by a very heavy squall, and being deeply laden with coals and cedar, half filled by the water she shipped on deck ; the pumps were choaked below by the fine coal that had washed into the pipe, so that it was found necessary to put back, and narrowly escaped being lost at the mouth of the river ; for being unable to weather the small island at the entrance so as to make the proper channel, she was at all hazards forced to run through the strait which barely separates the island from the main, and through which in the finest weather a run would have been thought impracticable ; but this was no time for ' picking her pacess' and Providence favoured the achievement ; as soon as she was in a place of safety her cargo was relanded, and every thing in a short time rectified. Last Sunday sailed the Governor King, Messrs. Kable and Underwood, for King's Island ; and this day the Endeavour (same owners) to sail also for the Straits. Late last night arrived the Contest, Johnson (same owners), from New Zealand, with five thousand skins. Hawkesbury Craft.—On Wednesday came in the Argument ; and day following the Hope, Charlotte, William and Mary, Bee, Raven, Charlotte, and Hawkesbury, most of which had been many days detained by foul winds in Broken Bay. (Source: 626628)
  4. SHIP NEWS
    1805 - Sunday, 3 February - On Wednesday arrived the Fly colonial vessel from Kent's Group in five days, with skins and oil. The master was informed by the sealers stationed there that the Pandora's Pacquet had sailed from thence the 21st ult. to cruise off Wilson's Promontory, and thence into Kent's Bay. Dropped down on Thursday the Æolus, to sail for Canton when the wind permits. His Majesty's colonial cutter Integrity sailed on Thursday, the Ann in company. On Friday arrived the Francis from the Hawkesbury. On Monday sailed the Venus (a new sloop), for Hawkesbury. The William and Mary, Argument, Bee, and Charlotte, from Hawkesbury with grain, are in Broken Bay wind-bound. (Source: 626616)
  5. SHIP NEWS
    1805 - Sunday, 27 January - On Monday last arrived His Majesty's Armed tender Lady Nelson, Acting Lieut. Simmonds Commander, in 11 days from Port Dalrymple, from whence she sailed the 11th instant: she came to anchor the same night in Cape Barren, no vessels there at the time; weighed again next morning, and on the 18th spoke the Nancy off Cape Dromedary all well, from this port eight days. Every person at Port Dalrymple enjoyed a good state of health, and a commencement was made in removing the Establishment from Outer Couter Cove to Western Arm, where preparations for building are getting forward. An extensive opening having been seen to the westward of Port Dalrymple by Lieut. Governor Paterson during his examination of the country about the western ridge of hills (named Rothsay Hills), Acting Lieutenant Symonds of the Lady Nelson, with Messrs. Mountgarrett and Piper, after a journey of several hours reached the banks of the opening, which appears to be the same the Governor King colonial vessel went into a year ago in mistake for Port Dalrymple. Acting Lieutenant Simmmonds returns immediately to examine the entrance of the opening and to trace its source, in the Integrity, only waiting a wind to proceed to Port Dalrymple with provisions, stores &c. Acting Lieutenant B. Kent, of His Majesty's ship Buffalo, and Mr. Evans, the surveyor, in the Anne colonial cutter going to examine the entrance and course of Shoal's Haven, 52 miles to the southard of this place, are also detained by foul winds. On Tuesday arrived the Endeavour, Murrel, from Bass's Straits, with a cargo of fine skins and informs that the American ship Perseverance left the Islands the latter end of October last. (Source: 626604)
  6. SHIP NEWS
    1805 - Sunday, 20 January - On Sunday evening last arrived His Majesty's colonial cutter Integrity, returned from a survey to the westward of Port Dalrymple, on which service Lieut. ROBBINS, accompanied by Mr. OXLEY, of His Majesty's ship Buffalo, was employed. On Wednesday sailed the Sophia for the Town of Hobart on the River Derwent ; but put back into Botany Bay the day following rather leaky. (Source: 626596)
  7. SHIP NEWS
    1805 - Sunday, 13 January - On Tuesday sailed His Majesty's armed vessel Investigator for Norfolk Island, to return with a part of the Civil and Military Establishment and prisoners stationed on that island. The Sophia is expected to sail in the course of tomorrow for Hobart Town, for which settlement thirty female prisoners were this day embarked on board her ; she goes to King's Island for a cargo of oil previous to her return to this port. The Æolus will sail about the middle of the week for Canton. The Lady Barlow ready for sea, and shortly to take her departure for Europe. BOATS.—On Monday arrived the Surprise and Argument with cedar and coals from King's Town ; from whence the Hawkesbury sailed ten days since, supposed to have proceeded to the settlement whose name she bears. On Wednesday sailed the Charlotte, and on Friday the Argument, for their return to Hawkesbury ; and the Surprise is this day expected to sail for King's Town. (Source: 626587)
  8. SHIP NEWS
    1805 - Sunday, 6 January - On Tuesday arrived the George, Stewart, from King's Island a week:—had been at the Derwent, and reports the Settlement at Hobart all well. Yesterday evening arrived His Majesty's Colonial schooner Francis, in six days from Port Dalrymple. After an absence of 25 days, Lieutenant Governor Paterson, accompanied by Ensign Piper and Mr. Montgarrett, had just returned to his camp in Outer Cove, from examining the shores of the upper part of the harbour and river in the Lady Nelson, and had occasionally gone some distance into the interior. Many extensive tracks of land were found in different places, fit for every purpose of productive cultivation, and the most luxuriant pasturage with very few trees, except near the rise and summit of the hills—which will greatly lessen the cultivator's labour in clearing the land. Fresh water is sufficiently abundant in most places before the river becomes fresh. To their natural advantages are to be added, good Stone, Timber, and lime for buildings, together with a most capacious harbour and rivers, to the two principal of which the Lieut. Governor has given the name of the Tamer, appropriate to the county of Cornwall, and the Southesk.    Preparations were making on the Francis' departure, to fix the principal Settlement at the head of Western Arm, between two stream of fresh water, named Kent's and McMillan's Burns. It is intended to name the Settlement York Town , and a commanding hill near it, Mount Albany. Every person, without exception, enjoyed a good state of health; and an abundance of the quick growing vegetables had been raised and used. A male child, born soon after the Establishment landed, was christened "Dalrymple." As the Lieutenant Governor detained the Lady Nelson until he had examined some hills on the west side of the river, named Rothsay Hills, her arrival may be daily expected. Yesterday arrived the Richard and Mary south whaler, Captain Lucas, 11 months from England, but last from the Moluccas. We are sorry to state that her Commander and part of the crew are in a bad state of health. The Greenwich and Venus whalers left Timor in October last, with 40 barrels of oil each, supposed to be be bound off New Zealand. The Richard and Mary left six English whalers cruising about the Island of Timor; none had more than 250 barrels, and some not near that quantity. The Nancy to sail this day for the southward.      Boats.—Yesterday sailed the Bee and William and Mary for Hawkesbury. (Source: 626580)
  9. SHIP NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 30 December - On Wednesday arrived the ship Æolus, Captain MATHER, 130 days from New York, with a capital investment, a great part of which is already landed. Two French frigates were in the port of New York when the Æolus took her departure : they were waiting for Jerome Bonaparte; but may be probably surmised to have since fallen into our hands, as the Leander of 50, and Cambrian of 44 guns had got scent of their expedition, and vigilantly awaited their sortir. Yesterday arrived the Governor King, Moody, a week from Elephant Bay, in Bass's Straits, from whence a fortnight before had sailed to cruise on the fishery, the south whaler Pandora's Pacquet, Buncker, from London, out about six months. His Majesty's ship Investigator yesterday filled up her complement of hands, and now ready for sea. The Myrtle to sail immediately for the N. W. Coast of America. The Resource this day for King’s-rown, with Ensign Draffin on board. (Source: 626567)
  10. PORT NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 2 December - Arrived on Thursday the colonial vessel Resource; with the Raven, Raby, and Wm. and Mary, Miller, from King's Town, Newcastle, with coals and cedar. Sailed on Wednesday the Bee, and yesterday the Charlotte, for the above settlement. Mr. Thompson's project of getting off the Speedwell, is, we learn, likely to prove successful, the damage sustained not being so excessive as was imagined. About ten days since, a fine ewe was found dead in a field near Parramatta, without any previous ailment. A foam at the nostrils remained, from which it it was imagined its death was occasioned by the bite of a snake; and on very close examination a puncture was discerned upon the lip, which was no doubt justly attributed to the above cause. (Source: 626530)
  11. PORT NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 25 November - On Tuesday arrived the Bee, Miller, from King's Town ; intended to sail again this day. On Friday came in the William, with lime from Broken Bay. On Friday sailed the Resource colonial vessel for King's Town. The disease that unfortunately debilitates Captain Foster's ship's company was occasioned by the solution of lead taken in the consumption of water from the leaden cisterns ; the affection sometimes appears to be removed, and the patient becomes convalescent, but again relapses. In the instance of the ship's cooper the disorder appears to have a paralytic tendency, and has deprived him of the use of both his hands. (Source: 626521)
  12. SHIP NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 18 November - At daylight yesterday morning two ships appeared in sight ; and from their frequent evolutions were conjectured to be part of an enemy's squadron that had condescended to favour us with a complimentary visit. At half past ten a signal was made at the look out for an Officer from Head Quarters ; in answer to which His Excellency was pleased to dispatch Lieutenant Houstoun of the Investigator to the Naval Officer, then at South Head. Various circumstances strengthening the former conjecture, the drums beat to arms, and the New South Wales Corps and Loyal Association immediately formed to welcome the Strangers home. At eleven a Trooper arrived at Government House, with intelligence that one of the vessels appeared under British Colours : and the other with a Union triumphant over a Dutch Jack ; and shortly after certain intelligence was received, that one was an English Whaler, ushering in her Batavian Prize. At two in the afternoon both came to anchor in the Cove : when the captor proved to be the Policy, of London, belonging to the house of Hurrys, and mounting twelve six-pounders ; the other the Swift, mounting six eighteens belonging to Batavia, fallen in with and taken on her way from thence to Amboyna. with an excellent cargo not yet estimated, consisting chiefly of beef, cloathing, Cape wine, and arrack, intended for the use of the Dutch garrison there. When the vessels first got sight of each other the Swift gave chase ; which having continued some time induced Captain Foster, Commander of the Policy, to put about and bear down upon her, having prepared for action. When they met, a smart engagement commenced, which was supported with equal bravery on both sides for one hour and 20 minutes, when victory declared in favour of the Policy. The Swift was chartered by the Dutch East India Company at Batavia for the purpose already assigned ; and after her capture the Captain and twelve men were permitted to leave the ship at the Moluccas, the Mate with twelve others remaining on board as prisoners of war. The Policy sailed from the Thames in company with the Experiment, Captain,Withers, early in January last, on a whaling voyage to the Moluccas, where she procured 300 barrels of sperm oil. They are both fine ships, though small ; the crew of the Policy, we are sorry to state, are mostly in an ill state of health, owing as is supposed to an unfortunate necessity of preserving water for their use in leaden cisterns that had before contained oil : but as the pressure of time does not admit a more elaborate account of circumstances, we shall endeavour to complete it in our next week's publication.

    The ships Union and Fair American sailed on Monday last. Boats. - Arrived from Hawkesbury on Thursday, the Improvement, with grain. On Monday sailed the Bee and Raven for Hunter's River. (Source: 626511)
  13. SHIP NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 11 November - The American ships Fair American and Union both dropped down, and are expected to sail this day. Boats. - Came in on Monday with grain from Hawkesbury, the Edwin and Hawkesbury ; and on Thursday the Argument and Charlotte. Came in on Tuesday from Hunter's River freighted in cedar, the Bee, Miller. - The William and Mary sailed in company from King's Town, but encountering a heavy squall from the S. E. started her butt end, and was obliged to put back very leaky. Sailed for Hawkesbury, on Friday the Edwin ; the Hawkesbury, Argument, and William to sail this day should the wind permit. Sailed on Tuesday the Nancy, Thompson, for Bass's Straits. (Source: 626492)
  14. SHIP NEWS
    1804 - Sunday 4 November - On Tuesday arrived the schooner Endeavour, Messrs. Kable and Underwood, last from Kent's Bay, with 15 tons of oil, and from 1100 to 1200 skins. On Friday dropped down the Scorpion whaler, intended shortly to sail. We are happy to state, that the damage sustained by the Lady Barlow is now totally repaired : in the course of the week she received on board a large quantity of excellent elephant oil, shipped by R. Campbell, Esq. for the London market. Yesterday a draft was made from the different town gangs to the several Agricultural Settlements, to assist in getting in the harvest ; and such of the gaol prisoners as merited the indulgence were liberated to join the draft. (Source: 626482)
  15. SHIP NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 28 October - The Union had stopped at Norfolk Island on her way, and been allowed to dispose of a quantity of spirits which were not permitted to be sold at this place; and had shipped several men from thence to navigate the Fair American, which ship she was to meet on her voyage. Lieutenant Governor FOVEAUX had left the Island before the Union's arrival, in the Albion South Whaler, to return to England. The Governor King sailed on Sunday last for the southward ; but was obliged to return from contrary winds, and sailed again on Tuesday. (Source: 626474)
  16. DEPOSITIONS RESPECTING The Ship Union, of America.
    1804 - Sunday, 28 October - Daniel Wright, Chief Mate of the ship Union of New York being sworn, says, that on or about the 29th of August, 1804, he sailed in the said ship from the harbour of Port Jackson under the command of Captain Pendleton, having taken on board Mr. John Boston, whom this deponent understood to be Supercargo; that they touched at Norfolk Island, and from thence proceeded for the Island of Toongataboo, one of the Friendly Islands, where they arrived on or about the 30th of September; that soon after they came to anchor a number of canoes visited them, but left them at sunset: That on the following morning they came off in great numbers, among whom was a Malay that spoke broken English, who informed them they could get plenty of wood, water, and refreshments there, and was very urgent for the ship's boats to be sent on shore; that one of the ship's boats was accordingly hoisted out, mann'd with 6 men, 4 muskets, and 2 cutlasses: in which boat the Captain and Mr. Boston went ; that soon after the departure of the boat from the ship, the natives became very troublesome from their numbers on board and round the vessel; that this deponent stationed all his remaining hands about the ship to prevent their coming on board; but they still succeeded in getting up, contrary to his wish, to the number of thirty, who this deponent observed had passed a number of clubs in the ship's channels, ready to be handed in : and from his observations he had no doubt but that they meant to take the ship : That the Chief frequently urged this deponent to let more men come on board, which he positively refused, telling him, that he should be obliged to turn out those who were already on board, which he did, the greater part without any resistance or much trouble : that the Chief did not seem in anywise dissatisfied with this proceeding, but remained on board some time after, to eat and drink with this deponent: that he shortly after took leave of the ship, and was accompanied by the whole of the canoes along-side; that immediately after the departure of the natives from the vessel this deponent hoisted the colours of the ship, and fired a gun, to put those on shore upon their guard, from his observation of the conduct of those that were on board; but soon after, taking up the spy glass and looking towards the shore, he perceived the ship's boat on the beach lying broadside on, in the hands of the natives, and a number of natives about her; that this might have been between one and two o'clock, the boat having been gone about four hours : That this deponent then put the ship in the best order he could, expecting an attack from the natives - but no canoe came off that night : that the next morning two canoes came within hail, but would not come on board; and from several gestures which they made, the people on board wanted this deponent to fire on them, having construed those gestures to that of the boat's crew being murdered, also wishing him much to get the ship underway, and leave the place immediately - but which this deponent would not allow of : that no further intercourse passed that day.
    That the day following several canoes came within hail, in one of which this deponent discovered the Malay, who asked this deponent to come on shore, for that the Captain and Mr. Boston wished him; that he endeavoured to get the Malay along-side, but could not prevail upon him to do so though he promised to accompany him : the Malay then went on shore again. The same afternoon he came off again, accompanied by several canoes, in one of which the deponent observed a European woman who spoke to them in English, as did also the Malay, inviting him on shore: but by particular signs from the white woman, when unnoticed by the natives, she forbid them to comply with the request :- That finding they could not prevail in getting another boat from the ship, they took their departure, and nothing further occurred that day.
    The next morning, being the third after the boat in which the Captain and Mr. Boston had gone on shore, several canoes again came off, in one of which was the white woman and in the other the Malay, repeating the former request; that the deponent endeavoured to get him (the Malay) along-side by offering presents for the Chief, but without effect : that the white woman stood up in the head of one of the canoes, cried out that those on shore were murdered by the natives, and then leaping into the water, swam towards the ship, the men on board presenting their muskets, and thereby deterring the natives from picking her up, by which means she reached the vessel, and was taken on board : that the said woman informed the deponent, that the Captain and boat's crew had been murdered on shore; upon which information he ordered the natives to be fired on, and saw two fall in one of the canoes; that he immediately directed the cables might be cut, and putting out to sea, shaped his course for Port Jackson, where he arrived in 19 days without accident.   The deponent further states, that when getting under way, and sheeting home his top-gallant sails, he heard two muskets fired on shore, but cannot take upon himself to say what produced this circumstance, further than that the white woman informed him that the Chief had told her it should be done, to induce him (the deponent) to believe the people were alive and well on shore.
    Elizabeth Morey being sworn, says that she lived with the Chief's wife on the Island of Tongataboo, and that on or about the 30th of September, she understood a ship had arrived at the Island - she then residing at the opposite side thereof; that one or the natives had come over for the purpose of bringing the Malay, who was known by the name of Charley, to go on board her ; that three days after the vessels arrival she was sent for by the Chief, to converse with one of the white boys that had come on shore, from whom she learnt the ship's name, that she was from New York, and that the Captain and several of her people were on shore ; that the Chief desired her to go off to the vessel, and endeavour to get some more of her boats on shore ; that she went off in a canoe as she was ordered, accompanied by the Malay, with five other canoes, and did as she was directed, being afraid to do otherwise ; but from the conversation she had overheard among the natives previous to her going off, she was satisfied that the greater part of those who had gone on shore were murdered ; but being assiduously watched by the Malay (Charley), she could not communicate her information to the officers on board the ship except by signs which she had used, unconscious at the time whether they were regarded by them or not ; that she again went on shore, and told the Chief what she had done. That upon the morning following she was again sent for by the Malay, who informed her that she was again to go off to the ship to repeat her former message, and endeavour to get on shore some of her people : That she went off accordingly, accompanied by four canoes, in one of which was Charley the Malay : and on coming near the ship, she stood up in the 
head of the canoe in which she was, she called to the people on board, informing them that their comrades were all murdered by the natives on shore, then jumped over-board and swam for the ship, calling to the people to fire on them in the canoes, which they afterwards did : that she heard the two muskets fired on shore, which she knew was done by order of the Chief, as he had told her he would do so before she left the shore, to induce the boats the more readily to leave the ship, from an idea that Europeans were on shore, firing for a boat.
    Thomas Dordon, a seaman, being sworn, says, that he left Norfolk Island in the Union, with Captain Pendleton ; that he touched at the Island of Tongataboo ; - and corroborates in every part the depositions given by Mr. Wright, the Chief Officer, and that part of Elizabeth Morey's evidence respecting the natives having murdered the people from the ship ; But adds, that when the natives were turned out of the ship by Mr. Wright, they went on shore apparently in a violent passion.
    Gilbert Grant, a sailor on board the Union, corroborates the above in every particular.

    Sworn before us, this 26th day of October, 1804, GEORGE JOHNSTON, JOHN HARRIS. (Source: 626474)
  17. The LADY BARLOW.
    1804 - Sunday, 21 October - In a dreadful thunder storm from the south-west, at about half past one o'clock on Tuesday afternoon, we are extremely concerned to state, that the above very fine vessel was overset and sunk at the King's outer Moorings, lying in five fathom and a half water ; happily only one of her people, a lascar, was lost. It was considered, as the dreadful accident immediately succeeded a remarkable vivid flash of lightning, that it had struck and penetrated thro' the vessel's hull ; and what gave the greatest strength to this common conjecture was, the accident which about two years since befel the Atlas at no great distance from the identical spot. Assurance was immediately rendered, as well from the shore as from the vessels in the port. His Excellency went off in a whale boat, and tendered to the Captain every possible aid. Captain Farrell, of the Fair American, had already hove abreast of the ship, then lying upon her broadside, her weather side nearly level with the surface of the water. The Investigator, commanded by Lieutenant Houstoun, by His Excellency's order was warped along-side of the Lady Barlow ; the Government punt attended, to take in such of the cordage and other rigging as should necessarily be cut away. Tackles were lashed to the masts of the Fair American, and passed round those of the Lady Barlow, to prevent any more unfavorable change in her position, as no effort to raise her could then be effectual, as she could not be released from the mooring chain, she continued thus during the night, but by the evening of the following day, owing to the activity and prodigious perseverance used, her masts were raised several feet, and supported by the Investigator:-Between the hours of 11 and 12 in the forenoon of Thursday, we had the satisfaction to behold her upright, though full of water, sustained by the two Vessels above-mentioned. - To effect this desirable circumstance, every prompt and effectual assistance was given by every individual in the Settlement, whose aid could be serviceable on so melancholy an occasion. The loss occasioned by the unfortunate event cannot be readily estimated ; but we are extremely concerned to state that Capt. M'Askill's is very considerable indeed. The whole of the provisions have also perished, as well as the whole private property belonging to the officers and other individuals. Much of the oil recently put on board by Mr. Campbell has been washed out, and vast quantities floated in by the tides. The whole of the Captain's stock, except a couple of sheep that were picked up by Mr. Harris, was lost; and by the timely interposition of the latter Gentleman's assistance a young woman was rescued from a watery fate: she happened, from no other visible cause than accident, to be seated near one of the starboard ports when the ship heeled; and presenting herself at the port-hole, was dragged out by a seaman humanely disposed to save her life at the hazard of his own: but finding himself incompetent to the task of saving either under such an incumbrance, swam a short distance, and then surrendered her to the destinies. We cannot forbear considering it extremely providential, however, that the disaster happened at a moment when the crew were upon deck and the working hands, who were chiefly, employed in the hold, were on shore to dinner, but then about to return on board. So violent a tempest for the time it lasted which did not exceed 35 minutes, has scarcely before been experienced in this Colony. Every low situation was deluged by the rain, which penetrated thro' the weather shingling of many good buildings, while the humble cottage was almost afloat. The lightning was excessively vivid, and from the close succession of the thunder every apprehension was sanctioned of its consequences in the neighbourhood, though we are happy to state that we have not heard of any accident occasioned by it. (Source: 626462)
  18. SHIP NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 14 October - His Majesty's ship Buffalo and her little squadron will put to sea as soon as there is a wind. The Governor King is intended to sail on Monday or Tuesday for King's Island. On Sunday last sailed for Norfolk Island and Canton, the Experiment: she was joined when clear of the Heads by the Ocean, to go in company. Sailed on Wednesday the Pilgrim schooner for Bass's Straits. Yesterday sen'night came in from King's Town the William and Mary, and on Monday the Bee with 19 tons of excellent coal. On Wednesday sailed the Resource for King's Town, with Provisions for the Settlement, and Doctor Brown, Passenger. (Source: 626454)
  19. PORT NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 7 October - On Sunday came in the Pilgrim American Schooner, Capt. Delno, from Bass's Straits. On Tuesday arrived the Governor King, Messrs. Kable and Underwood, from King's Island 14 days: she had encountered many heavy gales in the Straits, in consequence of which her sails and rigging were much damaged. On the 3d of last month she fell in with the Nancy, Thompson, and accompanied her to Western Port, where having taken in a part of the freight procured by one of her gangs, she was obliged suddenly to put to sea, owing to the extreme violence of the weather, leaving between two and three thousand skins behind: she afterwards filled up at King's Island, her cargo consisting of 33 tons of oil, and 3500 skins. Early on Wednesday morning sailed the ship Ocean, Captain Mertho, for China; may probably touch at Norfolk Island on her way. Remain down the Harbour - His Majesty's ship Buffalo, and the Experiment. The Civil and Military Establishment, Prisoners, &c. for Port Dalrymple, are mostly embarked on board the Buffalo and her her small squadron, which are only waiting for the weather being settled, and a fair wind to proceed to their destination. (Source: 626441)
  20. PORT NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 30 September - On Thursday arrived His Majesty's colonial cutter Integrity from Newcastle, with a cargo of fine cedar, having accomplished the trip in three days. Same day came in the Lady Nelson, with grain from Hawkesbury ; that whence also the Speedwell on Sunday last. Yesterday morning His Majesty's Ship Buffalo slipped her moorings in the Cove, and dropped down to Neutral Bay, having all the Provisions, Stores, and Baggage on board for the New Settlement at Port Dalrympie. The Lady Nelson, Francis, and Integrity will drop down on Tuesday or Wednesday ; and on the latter day the Military Establishment will embark : and the remainder on Friday. The Experiment sails on Saturday next. Sailed the Marcia Schooner for the Reefs, and West side of New Caledonia, in quest of Trepang, or Beche da Mer. (Source: 626428)
  21. PORT NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 23 September - On Tuesday arrived the sloop Hawkesbury, from Newcastle, freighted in Coals. A heavy gale, had set in at the River the Tuesday before, which came on from the southward, and lasted the whole of the following day. Her boat was upset with a grapnel on board, which was lost, but two men that were in the boat saved. The boat drifted out to the mouth of the River, and was supposed to be lost, but was next day found to have been thrown high and dry by the tremendous surf. The vessel dragged both her anchors, but sustained no danger. The Resource shared the dangers of the storm, but also without injury. The prisoner stated a fortnight ago to have absconded from the Settlement, has been apprehended. On Monday came in the Raven from Newcastle, with three ton of coals and 3000 feet of rich and beautiful cedar plank. On Wednesday sailed the Adonis whaler, Captain Turnbull, for the Fishery, to touch at Norfolk Island. On Thursday came in the Francis colonial vessel, Mr. Edwards master, laden with coals and fine cedar from Newcastle. (Source: 626423)
  22. PORT NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 16 September - Yesterday arrived the Scorpion whaler, in ten days from King's Island, with upwards of 90 tons of oil. The Governor King had not arrived when the above vessel left the Island, for which the latter sailed ten weeks ago : The owners are of opinion, that being unable to make it direct, owing to contrary winds, Mr. Moody, the master, had thought it adviseable to shape his course from Kent's Bay, where she was last heard of, for Western Port, to another gang in the same employ. Yesterday sailed the Endeavor, Messrs. Kable and Underwood, for King's Island. (Source: 626413)
  23. SHIP NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 26 August - On Friday arrived the Ocean transport, Captain Mertho, from the River Derwent, with Lieutenant Bowen, late Commandant of the Settlement at Risdon Cove, which has become a part of Lieutenant Governor Collins's Government, being only six miles from Sullivan Cove. In the same ship Lieut. Moore, with the detachment from the New South Wales Corps on duty at Risdon Cove, with Mr. Jacob Mountgarrett, Surgeon, Mr. Brown, Naturalist, and several other persons who composed that Settlement. Eighteen acres of wheat were left in the ground and had a very promising appearance, at Risdon Cove; at Sullivan Cove there were 19 acres and a half in wheat, and four acres in other grain, which would have been doubled if circumstances had allowed of the whole of Lieutenant Governor Collins's Establishment being landed at the Derwent in one voyage from Port Phillip. The Ocean arrived at Sullivan Cove from her second voyage to Port Phillip on the 25th of June, after a most tempestuous voyage of 32 days, which unfortunately deprived that infant settlement of most part of the small stock that ship was conveying. We are sorry to state, that from the delusion that pervaded the prisoners at Port Phillip, Eight of them had left that place previous to the Ocean's first departure, on the ridiculous plan of making this settlement: One of them had returned previous to the Ocean's leaving it the last time, with the melancholy statement that he had left the seven companions of his rashness in a dying state:- to rescue whom the Officer in Command made every humane exertion, but without success. The Lady Barlow reached Cape Pillar in four days from hence, but was eight days more getting to the Derwent. From bad weather she met in the latter part of her voyage, two cows died - the remainder of her stock consisting of 135 cows, one bull, six oxen, two mares, one horse, and sixty sows, were landed in good order, with the provisions and stores. The Alexander, Captain Rhodes, lay there when the Ocean came away; she was filling in with oil extracted from the black whale, with which the river abounds; as does an island also thirty miles distant from the settlement, called Sloping lsland. In the beginning of December innumerable flights of swans frequent the river, and hatch their young upon its banks, which afford them ample shelter; wild animals are excessively abundant, and delicious food; the flesh of the kangaroo by far superior to that of its species found here; and the emue plentiful. To its human inhabitants, however, does Nature appear to have vouchsafed her favors with a sparing hand; in point of ingenuity they excel not those of our own acquaintance, with whom in savage ferocity they nearly or exactly correspond. The only discernible disagreement in their barbarous customs is, that these go naked, and these throw the skin of an animal over their shoulders during the winter season, which is felt with some severity, the mountain tops frequently covered with snow. On Friday night the Officers were received by HIS EXCELLENCY at Government House; and yesterday the detachment was debarked. Yesterday morning arrived the Adonis whaler, Captain Turnbull, whose arrival at Norfolk Island we some time since announced: she has been pretty successful, having already procured 1000 barrels of spermaceti oil. This evening or tomorrow morning the colonial schooner Francis sails for King's Town, Newcastle, with Lieut. Menzies, who returns to resume the command, the garrison at the same time to be strengthened by the addition of seven privates and a non commissioned officer, detached from the New South Wales Corps. The Hawkesbury and Raven private colonial vessels are designed to sail in company, with a launch for the use of the settlement; and stock, stores, provisions, and cloathing. On Wednesday arrived from Bass's Strait the American schooner Pilgrim, 62 tons burthen, carrying six guns and 12 men, commanded by Captain Delno: she left the ship Perseverance of Boston (belonging to the same owners), in the straits, where they arrived in March last for the purpose of skinning and oiling. 
On Tuesday sailed for Norfolk Island and England, the Albion, Capt. Buncker. At 10 o'clock she got under weigh, and at half past twelve was clear of the Heads. Mr. Bauers, botanist, is gone passenger by her to Norfolk Island, there to wait an opportunity to return. The Albion took a freight of upwards of 13,000 fur seal skins, taken in and about Bass's Straits, which are to be delivered in the Port of London. The ship Union, and schooner Independence are expected to sail this day for China. On Tuesday sailed the Nancy, Mr. A. Thompson owner, for Bass's straits. Boats - On Thursday sailed the Edwin & William, for Hawkesbury. (Source: 626375)
  24. SHIP NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 5 August - Sailed on Wednesday last for Norfolk Island, and afterwards to cruise upon the whale fishery, the Britannia, Captain Questerd. On Sunday came in the Raven, Raby, with ten ton of coals from Newcastle, which were put on board the Experiment. Mr. MILEHAM, Assistant Surgeon, came passenger. On Friday sailed the Resource for the above Settlement, with Mr. Throsby, Assistant Surgeon, to take the Medical duty there pro tempore. BOATS. - Came in from Hawkesbury on Tuesday, the Speedwell, on Thursday, the Argument, and on Friday the William and Mary, Miller. Sailed for the above Settlement on Thursday, the William. Yesterday the Raven cleared out for Newcastle, whither she was expected to sail in the course of the evening. (Source: 626349)
  25. SHIP NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 15 July - On Sunday arrived from Norfolk Island in 11 days His Majesty's Armed Tender Lady Nelson, Mr. J. SIMMONDS Commander, with Ensigns ANDERSON and PIPER, of the New South Wales Corps. She sailed from hence the 29th of April, and for 18 days after encountered very unfavourable weather, with a strong Easterly wind, by which she was driven so far to the Northward that Mr. Simmonds found it necessary to make for New Zealand to wood and water ; on the 3d of June she made the Three Kings, and two days after the North Cape; kept along shore as far as Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands, and upon coming to anchor the natives, nearly 200 in number, went off in their canoes, and were welcomed on board : having with them potatoes, some vegetables, mats, and other articles of their own manufacture, they immediately commenced barter, and in return for their merchandise requested scraps of paper, button tops, old nails that were useless, or in fact any thing else that could be spared. At sunset the friendly visitants left the vessel, highly gratified at their treatment. The next morning Mr. Simmonds went on shore, to see the water got in, which the natives with alacrity procured ; and being offered a pig in exchange for a new razor, acceded to the purchase ; but a chief afterwards observing the animal, solicited its restitution, as it had been a present from Captain Rhodes ; and the request was readily complied with. 
Next morning the hospitable strangers flocking on board in increased numbers, rendered it expedient to quit the Bay. On the 9th ult. a strong breeze obliged her to anchor in Cavalle's Bay, where the natives, no less friendly than those already described, in the same manner went off to the vessel to trade. On the 12th, in a tremendous gale from the eastward accompanied by a heavy sea, after driving four cables' length in shore they cut her cable; and after beating for two hours, weathered the land and bore up, to run through between the Main and Cavalle's Isles. 
From New Zealand she reached Norfolk lsland in ten days, very shortly after the Francis had taken her departure; from thence she sailed the 29th ; passed the entrance of Hunter's River the evening prior to her arrival, sent a boat in to the settlement, where all was well. 
On Friday arrived His Majesty's Colonial cutter Integrity from the Southward, out ten days ; fell in with the Contest on Sunday last to the southward of Cape Howe, in a gale of wind unable to reach Port Dalrymple, owing to the strong South-west winds, and having been three times in and out of Two Fold Bay. The Contest is on her passage back, and may be hourly expected. 
Remain with the Lady Nelson and Integrity, the Lady Barlow, Fair American, Albion and Britannia Whalers, and Coromandel Transport, the latter ready for sea. (Source: 626314)
  26. NOTICE
    1804 - Sunday, 8 July - CAPTAIN BUNCKER gives Notice, that the ALBION Whaler will proceed to Europe about the latter end of the present month; wherefore Persons holding Claims upon him are to present the same accordingly; and such as are indebted to the said Captain to settle their accounts. CAPTAIN QUESTERD gives Notice that the ship Britannia will proceed to sea immediately.---All Claims or Demands upon the said Commander are therefore to be forthwith presented. (Source: 626300)
  27. EXAMINATIONS BEFORE THE MAGISTRATES
    1804 - Sunday, 1 July - William Dwyre, a seaman who had absconded from the Scorpion whaler, and when apprehended after the departure of that vessel committed to the gaol gang, but afterwards permitted by HIS EXCELLENCY to serve on board the Integrity, was on Thursday returned to the gaol gang for refusing to do his duty. (Source: 626286)
  28. SYDNEY
    1804 - Sunday, 24 June - By the Lady Barlow we have the satisfaction to hear that the Mahratta War has been long since at an end, and that the good understanding re established between the Company's Officers and the Native Princes is not likely to be again easily shaken. The only disagreeable circumstance consequent on the terrible gales encountered by the Lady Barlow was the loss of her cattle. After her arrival within the Heads we are concerned to state, that to her previous losses was added that of the fine Arab horse, the value of which is said to have been considerable. The Governor King, belonging to Messrs. Kable and Underwood, stated in last week's Paper to have arrived the preceding evening, brought up a valuable cargo, consisting of about 3000 skins, and 30 tons of elephant oil. She encountered much bad weather, and some very heavy squalls, in one of which the vessel and cargo narrowly escaped being driven on shore on the Western Point, King's Island. The weather very tempestuous, she let go her best anchor, which instantly broke from the ring. The second was accordingly let go, but not holding, every exertion of skill became necessary to keep her off the rocks, the sea at the time breaking furiously over her. It afterwards appeared that the second anchor had snapped short above the fluke, and thereby became useless. Mr. Moody afterwards saw the Integrity, but soon lost sight of her in a tremendous hurricane. She left the Scorpion whaler, Captain Dagg, in Seal Bay, looking out for elephant, seal, and whale. The John, Chace, is unfortunately ashore in the Straits upon a sand beach, but every thing saved, and every effort making to get her off, which we hope will be effected. (Source: 626274)
  29. SHIP NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 24 June - The Experiment transport, Capt. Withers, appeared in sight on Thursday morning last, but the wind being right against her making the harbour, she could not get in till this morning. On Friday, a boat was dispatched from the vessel with His Excellency's pacquets, which arrived at one o'clock on Saturday morning. She brings 130 female convicts, and two male, one of whom, Anthony Rowson, had effected his escape from the Colony ; she lost on her passage 4 or 5 women, prisoners, and the wives of two free settlers also died. The Experiment left England the 2nd of January, having been obliged to put back into Cowes, owing to damage sustained in a violent gale she experienced in the Bay of Biscay, in which she sprung her bowsprit, and carried away her maintopgallant-mast. She sailed in company with about 150 sail of West Indiamen under convoy, from which she separated in the Western Ocean. She arrived at Rio the 8th of March, and sailed from thence the 8th of April. She has a valuable investment, the particulars of which we have not been able to ascertain. Capt. McARTHUR was expected to embark for New South Wales in the month of January last by a whaler; but we are sorry to announce the death of W. BALMAIN, Esq. on the 20th of November at Hogsdon. On Tuesday returned the Integrity, unable to proceed on her intended expedition further than about 50 miles to the southward of Cape Howe, owing to adverse winds. Came in on Tuesday the Raven, Raby ; and the Speedy, with cedar and coals from Newcastle. Came in also the Trimmer, on Wednesday, with lime from Broken bay; and on Thursday the Charlotte. Sailed for Hawkesbury on Friday the Improvement, and the Hope, Thompson. (Source: 626278)
  30. PORT NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 17 June - The Alexander whaler, Captain RHODES is expected to sail this day. Last night arrived the Governor King from Bass's Straits. Boats.----Arrived from the Hawkesbury with grain, on Monday, the Charlotte, Argument, Edwin, and William; and on Thursday the Hope, Thompson ; and the Improvement, Sailed for ditto on Tuesday, the Relief. (Source: 626267)
  31. SHIP NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 10 June - On Wednesday arrived the Resource from Newcastle, after a week's passage, with dispatches for HIS EXCELLENCY from the COMMANDANT of the Settlement. On Friday sailed His Majesty's Colonial cutter Integrity, commanded by Lieutenant JOHN HOUSTOUN of the Royal Navy, with His Honor Lieutenant Governor PATERSON, Captain KEMP, Mr. SAVAGE, Assistant Surgeon and a part of the Military detachment for Port Dalrymple. At ten in the forenoon His Honor the Lieutenant Governor embarked from Government Wharf, and was accompanied on board by Mrs. PATERSON and several other Ladies, and by Major JOHNSTON, and several other Officers Civil and Military. As soon as the company were seated in the pinnance, the whole of the New South Wales Corps, assembled in uniform to pay the duties of respect to the irrevered Commander, began to cheer, and were joined by the populace, who were equally desirous of evincing their esteem. En passant he was saluted from the Battery; and the most animated acclamation issued from the shore until the boat reached the vessel, which weighed soon after, and at twelve o'clock cleared the Heads. On Friday dropped down the Alexander whaler, expected to sail in a day or two. Yesterday morning the Contest went out of the Cove, immediately to follow the Integrity, with the remainder of the detachment, and such provisions, stores, &c. as were not put on board the latter. At two in the afternoon she weighed, and between the hours of four and five got clear out. Several days after the Resource sailed from Newcastle the weather was so very unpromising as to favour the presumption of her being blown off the coast; in consequence of which apprehension, the COMMANDANT thought proper to transmit a despatch to HIS EXCELLENCY by a boat, which arrived on Friday evening. (Source: 626253)
  32. SHIP NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 3 June - The fair American, Capt. Farrell, whose arrival was announced last week, sailed from Manilla the 1st of January last, with 32 Cows and 4 Buffaloes on board, all which died on the passage. These were taken in at one of the Philippine islands called Penye. On Tuesday last the George, Mr. Wm. Stuart Master, arrived from Bass's Straits with 600 Skins, and 9 tons of Elephant Oil. On Monday came in the Endeavour, belonging to Messrs. Kable and Underwood, Mr. J. Oliphant Master, with 2475 hair and fur Skins. She was four months out, and reports that the American ship Perseverance of Boston, Capt. Delno, intends shortly visiting Port Jackson, together with the Pilgrim, Schooner. Remain with the above the Corromandel; also the Alexander and Britannia Whalers. (Source: 626234)
  33. SHIP NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 27 May - On Monday last the Alexander whaler, Captain RHODES, came into the Cove. She left Norfolk Island the 7th of the present month, and brought up in Broken Bay the 16th; was at New Zealand in February last, on the 22nd of which she sailed from thence. It is the intention of Captain RHODES to proceed from hence to Adventure Bay to fill up with elephant oil; and proposes returning to Port Jackson about the latter end of October. On Wednesday morning arrived the Edwin and Raven from Newcastle. The latter freighted with 22 fine Cedar Logs, and one ton of Coals. She is only 11 tons burthen, and made the passage down in fourteen hours, with 24 persons to join the Establishment, besides her own people carried 17 Casks of Provisions, besides Water, Baggage, &c. &c. The Edwin brought up 12 tons and a half of coals. By these vessels we are informed of the progress that is making in that Settlement ; and that the numerous Natives in those parts are on the most friendly terms with the Europeans. On Thursday sailed the Mersey, WILSON, for Bengal; she had on board 66 fine spars, and 74 logs of she-oak. It is the Commander's intention to persevere in making the passage by Torres' Straits, following Captain FLINDERS's route ; and should his efforts prove successful, as there is every reason to hope, the latercourse between these Settlements and India will be much facilitated, both in time and consequent expence. The Integrity will shortly be ready to proceed on the intended Expedition to the Southward. Boats.- Arrived from the Hawkesbury with grain on Tuesday last, the Improvement, Argument, Speedy, and William. Sailed for ditto on Thursday, the William and Mary, Miller; and the William. (Source: 626216)
  34. SHIP NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 27 May - The Alexander Whaler will be ready for Sea tomorrow : All Persons therefore who have CLAIMS or DEMANDS on Capt. RHODES are requested to present the same forthwith. (Source: 626214)
  35. SHIP NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 20 May - On Monday last arrived the Britannia South Whaler, commanded by Captain QUESTERD, last from Norfolk Island, whence she sailed a fortnight before. She left England the 19th of May, 1803; and has on board, besides 126 tons of Spermacetti Oil, 4 Firkins of Butter 2 Casks of excellent Vinegar, and one ditto of Wheat Sieves, On Tuesday appeared in sight the ship Alexander, Captain RHODES; but unable to make the Port owing to contrary wind, brought up in Broken Bay, from whence she may be expected round as soon as the wind permits. Shortly after she appeared in sight, Lieutenant HOUSTOUN from Norfolk Island left the ship in one of her whale-boats, and in a few hours arrived safely with Despatches for HIS EXCELLENCY, from England, which had been landed at Norfolk Island by the Adonis; Capt. TURNBULL. From Capt. Questerd we learn that the Alexander has procured about 1100 Barrels of Oil; and that six weeks ago Capt. Turnbull had got 500 Barrels the Albion and Ferret Whalers are cruising off Sandy Cape. (Source: 626207)
  36. SHIP NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 13 May - On Monday arrived the Coromandel Transport, Capt Blakey, Capt. Robinson, her former Commander, having died on the passage, off St. Salvador. She left England the 4th of December last, in company with the Experiment Transport, hourly expected to arrive. The Coromandel has brought Ensigns Draffin and Cressey, with Thirty Non-commissioned Officers and Privates of the New South Wales Corps, and two hundred Prisoners with two complete Salt-pans, &c. The Detachment and Prisoners were all landed in that state of good health which has ever been the case in the ships belonging to the Hurrys, and to Reeves and Green. A hundred and sixty of the Prisoners were immediately sent to Parramatta, and the rest distributed to the different Public Employments, according to their respective callings. Two hundred Women Prisoners and some Settlers are expected by the Experiment. The preparations made by BONAPARTE to attempt invading England still continue; but as many of the intended Vessels have been destroyed in the French Ports, as well as the principal part of the Sea-port Towns in the Channel, by the well-directed bombardment and cannonnading that are so judiciously maintained, there is little danger of their ever leaving their ports should such an improbable event occur, the energy and spirit of the Nation is so general and confusions ic, that such an event is rather w?in? for than any doubt or apprehension entertained as to what the event might be. His Majesty's Ship Gratton arrived in England the 22nd September; and by the latest accounts was at Woolwich discharging the Timber she took from hence. Two Whaling Ships belonging to Mr. BENNET, of London, which must have returned to England without Voyages being lucky in their outward-bound passage sail in with separately and captured two homeward-bound Batavian Ships, estimated at upwards of 100 000l. On Wednesday the 8th instant arrived the Integrity Colonial Cutter from the Derwent, whence she sailed a fortnight before. Great progress was making in clearing and preparing ground for cultivation. Almost every person was under comfortable coverings, and a general good state of health prevailed among the Colonists. Sailed on Thursday the Raven, Raby, with Prisoners for Newcastle. BOATS. Arrived from Hawkesbury on Thursday, the William and Mary, Miller; and the Charlotte, Inch. Sailed on Monday for ditto the Speedwell and Union; and on Friday the Bee and Argument. (Source: 626201)
  37. SHIP NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 6 May - On Tuesday sailed the brig Harrington. On Friday sailed the sloop Edwin for Newcastle : And yesterday the Scorpion whaler, Capt. Dagg intending to return in about three months. Yesterday the Marcia went out of the Cove, to proceed to the Northward. Boats. - Came in from Hawkesbury on Tuesday the Argument and Relief. Sailed for ditto on Wednesday, the Hunter and Hawksbury, both belonging to Mr. Thompson; and same day the Improvement. (Source: 626176)
  38. SHIP NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 29 April - On Friday evening arrived from Newcastle, from whence she sailed on Monday, His Majesty's Colonial cutter Resource, freighted in coals and cedar, with very agreeable accounts of that Settlement. -- She experienced strong contrary winds and much bad weather, by which her arrival was so unusually protracted. We are at the same time extremely concerned to state the Loss of the James, belonging to Mr. Thomas Raby, on Wednesday evening last near Broken Bay, the crew, five in number, all saved. She sailed from Newcastle on Monday morning very leaky, and shortly after her departure encountered a gale of wind, during which the water gained fast upon her; and the contrary wind continuing, baffled every exertion, and kept the pumps constantly at work. On Wednesday morning both pumps were choaked, the sea running very high, and the people were obliged to bale with buckets ; but at length, losing all hopes of bringing the vessel in, stood on to a sand beach, nearly full, where she was soon after dashed to pieces by a tremendous surf. The people were picked up on Thursday by the Resource, at the North Head, and brought in. The James was also freighted in coals and cedar, the latter of which may possibly be recovered, with her anchor and part of her rigging. A melancholy accident happened to one of the seamen belonging to the Resource during her stay at Hunter's River. A musket, loaded with duck shot that had so often missed fire as to be declared totally useless, at last went off unexpectedly, lodging the whole charge in the head of Archibald Scott, who shortly after expired. The Lady Nelson and Francis are expected this day to sail for Norfolk Island. The Harrington still remains, ready for sea. The Marcia will shortly sail on a speculative excursion among the Reefs on the N E. part of this Coast. Remain with the above the Mersey and Scorpion whaler. (Source: 626170)
  39. SYDNEY
    1804 - Sunday, 29 April - On Monday last R. Coleman being detected in conveying from the Scorpion whaler certain articles of wearing apparel that had been stolen, was corporally punished for the offence, and ordered by the Magistrates to work in irons. (Source: 626169)
  40. SHIP NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 8 April - Sailed on Thursday the Governor King for Bass's Straits, Remain the Betsey, Harrington, and Scorpion Whaler. (Source: 626121)
  41. SHIP NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 1 April - On Friday the Scorpion Whaler, Captain Dagg, appeared in sight, and the same evening anchored in the Cove. She sailed from England with a Letter of Marque the 24th last June inwards of two months before the Ferret ; in?nated 14 carriage guns (new in her hold), and carried 32 men. Shortly after her departure she met with separately and captured two French Whalers with cargoes, which were unacquainted with the renewal of hostilities. She afterwards went to St. Helena, from whence she took her departure about four months since ; then visited the Coast of New Zealand, and in Dusky Bay procured a number of excellent seal-skins. The above ship's burthen is 343 tons ; and has on board 4759 skins, 20 barrels of Sperm Oil and 18 tons of Salt. From the close political connexion which unfortunately for Holland subsists between her and the French Republic, no doubt was admissible of her engaging in a war against Britain hand in hand with her great Ally ;--- but Captain Dagg does not give any certain information relative to the activity or neutrality of Spain ; but confirms our former accounts of several Spanish vessels having been sent into British Ports. On Wednesday the American ship Union, Capt. Pendleton, dropped down the Harbour, intending speedily to sail. The addition of Spain to the hostile Alliance formed against the Independence of Great Britain has not for the last century been considered of that very great importance, to which from her wealth, added to her political consequence among the Nations of Europe she might be allowed a claim. Her maritime strength, though very far from being contemptible, or her armies inconsiderable, yet still it is uncustomary to regard her as a formidable adversary, and with what justice the progress of her arms must best evince. The inferiority of her Navy has frequently manifested itself, and her several attempts upon Gibraltar, which have terminated dreadfully to herself, have multiplied the laurels on Britannia's brows, and may possibly have taught to Engishmen the lesson of contempt. (Source: 626114)
  42. SHIP NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 5 February - Sailed on Monday the Ferret Whaler for Norfolk Island; and on Wednesday the American ship Rose for Canton. Sailed yesterday for Port Phillip and the Derwent His Majesty's Colonial Cutter Integrity, with Mr BOWEN, some Settlers, Seed, Wheat, &c. His EXCELLENCY went in her to the Heads; was put on shore at South Head and in the afternoon returned to town. (Source: 626021)
  43. SHIP NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 29 January - Arrived on Sunday last the Ferret, South Whaler, (the vessel supposed to be the Britannia) Captain Skelton; sailed from England the 20th of August, without any design of visiting this Port; but on the 2d Instant, putting into the Derwent to wood and water, having no knowledge of the Settlement at Hobart, received Capt. BOWEN on board, who came round in her. Three of her hands that went on shore at Vandieman were left there, owing to their neglecting to go on board before the vessel sailed. From Hobart we learn the following particulars respecting the momentary escape of Druce and his companions: On the 8th of October Capt. Bowen and Mr. Wilson, Deputy Commissionary, went in a boat on a shooting party in quest of Swans, and upon their return, the wind strongly opposing them, they were obliged to leave the boat about a quarter of a mile from the common landing place: At this juncture, and without a moment's pause, Druce and his party seized upon an opportunity to commit themselves to those certain dangers to which they have inconsiderably exposed themselves. Mr. Mountgarret, with a party of the Military immediately went in pursuit of the fugitives, but every endeavour to take them proved unsuccessful. On the 30th of last month an information was laid to Mr. Mountgarret, that the Stores had been plundered, in consequence of which several prisoners were apprehended, in whose possession some articles were found for which they could give no satisfactory account; those people undergoing a strict examination, declared they had received assistance from a centinel to effect the depredation; where upon he was taken into close custody and brought prisoner to Sydney, together with the evidence against him. On Tuesday came in the Mary, Captain Balch, of and from Boston, bound to Manilla, in our last announced to be lying in Botany Bay. She has on board the following articles, part of which she may possibly leave here :--- Eight Bales of Piece Goods: 7 Trunks and Boxes of Haberdashery; 5 Cases of Hats; 2 Barrels of Boots and Shoes; 1 Box of Glass Ware; 2 Boxes of Looking Glasses; 2 Hhds. of Cocoa; 12 Casks of Sugar; 1 Hhd. of Tobacco; 16 Hhds. of Rum; 2 Pipes of Brandy; 2 Pipes of Hollands; 6 Half Pipes of Red Wine; and 123 Bars of Iron. And on the day following arrived the Rose, Capt. Carey, last from the Isle of France, bound to Canton, with Ebony, Whalebone, and Furs. We learn from the news brought by the Rose from the Isle of France, that the Governor of the Isle of France had detained two Dutch line of battle ships en-state, on account of the war, laden with a valuable cargo from Batavia, bound to Holland; and that Commodore BAUDIN, who visited this Colony in the Geographe when on Discovery, had paid the debt of nature! The Naval Force at the Isle of France consisted only of the Atalanta frigate, of 44 guns, lately returned from Muscat; the Military Force consisted of the Regiments that were to have taken possession of Pondicherry, and the other French Possessions in India, reported to be upwards of 2000 men; every white man was enrolled in the Militia; and a number of Privateers were fitting out to annoy our Trade in India. It is with much concern we have to express our apprehension for Capt. M'KELLAR who left this in March 1802, with HIS EXCELLENCY'S Dispatches in the Caroline American Schooner, bound for New Bedford, from which place Captain M'Kellar was to proceed to England; But on the departure of the Rose from Nantucket, in August last, no accounts were received of that vessel, the owners of which had little hopes of her safety. On her passage hither the Rose shipped a very heavy sea off Van Dieman's Land which carried away the bower anchor from its lashings. (Source: 626013)
  44. PORT NEWS
    1804 - Sunday, 22 January - Yesterday morning a Native from Botany Bay brought an account of a large ship having anchored there: As the wind was fair for her getting into this Port, the reasons for her going into Botany Bay could be in no other way accounted for than the probability of its being some ship with hostile intentions. Every necessary preparation was made, and the detachments at the out-posts ordered to be in readiness to march. Major JOHNSTON immediately set off to reconnoitre, and was soon after followed by the GOVERNOR, Captain WOODRIFFE, and other Officers: On their return it was found the ship was small, and no appearance of any thing hostile. In the course of the night the GOVERNOR was informed by a Letter from the Master, that she was the ship Mary of Boston, which she left the 7th of September; is bound to Manilla, and intends refreshing here, so may shortly be expected round. This morning a Ship appeared in sight, supposed to be the Britannia whaler Captain Questerd. (Source: 625989)
  45. SHIP NEWS
    1803 - Sunday, 4 December - On Monday sailed His Majesty's Armed Tender Lady Nelson, and on Tuesday the ship Ocean, for Port Phillip, to enable Lieutenant Governor COLLINS to comply with HIS EXCELLENCY's Instructions. And the same day sailed the American ship Patterson to China. Yesterday ’night arrived the Edwin, Stuart, from King's Island with oil and skins, 400 of which were shipped on board the Patterson for the China Market. Mr. Stewart reports that an American ship called the Charles of Boston, Captain Percival, arrived at the Islands in the Straits, on the 21st October, from the Mauritius from whence she sailed the latter end of September last, at which time several ships of war were there. This ship brought intelligence of the war, and of the arrival of the French Commodore at the Mauritius from whom Capt. Percival said he had dispatches for his EXCELLENCY, with which he intended to repair immediately to Port Jackson ; he also mentioned, that from the very favourable reports made of the Trade in the Straits, a number of American vessels, not less than 20, might be expected to visit the Islands ; though from the system adopted by the master of the vessel, the trade, which might probably be hereafter found beneficial to this Colony, must inevitably be destroyed, as the crew indiscriminately killed all the elephants they met with, old and young. The Charles of Boston we are informed, was about 350 tons burthen, carried 32 men for the purpose of sealing, whaling, and procuring elephants and took away with her two of Mr. Stuarts people, one of whom was a carpenter, whose loss became highly consequential from an unfortunate accident of the only remaining carpenter and another man, a seaman, being drowned on the 26th of October, owing to a boat being upset. The George, the repair of which vessel was one of the principal objects of Mr. Stuart's accompanied by Mr. Rushworth's excursion to the Straits, remains as she was, as without the assistance of carpenters, any attempt to repair her must have been fruitless. The Edwin put into a Cove on the coast in lat. 39° 4' distant a mile and a half from Diana Bay, from which it is separated by a narrow neck of Land. Within the entrance are two small coves, the land timber'd with pines, stringy bark, &c. and abundantly supplied with water from two running streams to each cove, in one of which, small vessels might lie at Anchor in perfect security from the weather. Mr. Rushworth went up Diana's River to the distance of about a mile and a half ; over the bar at high water, he reports he found a depth of only 9 feet, but at a trifling distance on the other side from 4 to 5 fathoms. This river runs in a serpentine direction Westward, and prodigious numbers of wild ducks lodge upon its banks. Mr. Chase arrived at King's Island the 12th inst. after a passage of 8 weeks and 2 days from Port Jackson, during which period he encountered much bad weather, and some very heavy gales, though we are happy to add, without sustaining any accident whatever to the vessel or crew. The Surprise sloop, belonging to Messrs. Kable & Underwood, lately from Hunter's River, brought 17 logs of excellent cedar, and reports that a large freight had been procured for the Governor King schooner, intended for the River as soon as she returns from King's Island. The Nancy, A. Thompson, owner, was freighting in cedar when the Surprise left the River , and was expected to follow her in about three weeks. (Source: 625907)
  46. SHIP NEWS
    1803 - Sunday, 9 October - The Ship that appeared in sight the 6th. Instant proves to be the Albion. Captain Buncker having sent his Letters ashore stood off again, and we understand is gone to the sealing ground of New Zealand. From the Letters arrived by this ship it appears that the Lady Nelson, which sailed from hence the 27th of August, arrived at Risdon Cove in the Derwent, on the 7th of September; and the Albion arrived the 12th, after a Passage of 12 days, laying three days in Oyster Bay, off which Captain Buncker was so fortunate to kill three large Spermaceti Whales. Lieutenant Bowen, with the settlers &c were all landed in good health. From a gale of wind on the second day after the Albion left this, much of the Stock was hurt ; and although Captain Buncker lay the ship too while the sea ran high, yet the Cattle were severely bruised---A Cow, 3 Sheep, and 4 Lambs belonging to the Crown died, and some of the Stock belonging to Individuals shared the same fate. So many eligible places presented themselves for fixing at, that it was some time before settling at Risdon Cove was preferred, from the circumstance of there being the best stream of fresh Water running into the Cove, and the extensive Vallies lying at the back of it. As far as so short an observation allows, the Land in general is reported to be very good, and to have great local advantages in clearing and cultivating it. A few Natives were seen on their first arriving, but these were shy, and have retired from the Neighbourhood of the Place where the Settlement is made. The Albion left the River Derwent on the 20th ultimo : the Lady Nelson was to sail in about 14 days after the Albion. On Friday arrived the Endeavour, Joseph Oliphant, Master, from Dusky Bay, after an absence of six months. On the 9th of May last she first made Dusky Bay, and finding but few Seals visited Break-sea and Solander's Isles ; at an Island near the former of which one of the Seamen was drowned in endaevouring to land. The surf running very high the stern of the boat was suddenly whirled round upon a ledge of rocks, and instantly overset ; two men saved themselves by means of the oars, and two others fortunately got on the keel and were also preserved. The boat was afterwards got on shore with her stern post staved. Mr. Oliphant reports that on the South side of the West Cape four entrances were discernible, which he concluded to be the mouths of Harbours ; between the two Northernmost of which is a small Island white and apparently chalky. Off the South Cape Mr. Oliphant experienced much bad weather, and one heavy gale which continued several hours and at 11 in the forenoon obliged him to lay the the vessel too ; and in the afternoon an island was seen at about 8 miles distant, lying by observation in latitude 47° 58' S and long' 166° 30' bearing S. W. by S. from the South Cape. (Source: 625815)
  47. SHIP NEWS
    1803 - Sunday, 18 September - This day is expected to sail for Wreck Reef, the Rolla, with the Francis and Cumberland Colonial Schooners: On board the latter Captain FLINDERS revisits the Companions of his Dangers to relieve them from a suspense magnified by anxious doubt on his account, and that of their shipmates who accompanied him in the HOPE. Of the above vessels the Francis only will return to Port Jackson, the Rolla, with most of the Porpoise's and Investigator's Crew will proceed to Canton, (to be sent to England by the returning [?]) and the Cumberland through Torres' Strait for England. This vessel is only 29 Tons burthen; but being built by Mr. Moore under the direction of Governor HUNTER, at whose departure she was more than half finished, there is no doubt of her continuing as good a sea boat as experience has shewn her to be in very tempestuous weather off Norfolk Island and in Bass's Straits, and in every way equal to carry a sufficiency of Provisions and Water for Captain Flinders, the Officers, and nine men who are appointed to navigate the first Vessel built in this Colony to England - May her Voyage be safe and expeditious! On Wednesday arrived the Surprise sloop from Bass's Straits, out only 16 days. She brought 6,300 skins, which were put on board the Rolla, and compleated nearly 11,000 by that ship. Sailed Yesterday the John, Chace, for King's Island. Remains the Alexander South Sea Whaler. (Source: 625786)
  48. ACCOUNT of the LOSS OF HIS MAJESTY'S ARMED VESSEL PORPOISE, and the CATO, UPON WRECK REEF
    1803 - Sunday, 18 September - The Porpoise, with the Honourable East India Company's extra ship Bridgewater and the ship Cato in company, on August 17th last, at two in the afternoon, fell in with a sand bank in about 23 ° 7' of fouth latitude and 155 ° 26' east longitude, and 157 miles N. 51 ° E. from Sandy Cape on the coast of New South Wales. This bank being 2° to the eastward of the situation where the Eliza whaler found the reefs lying off the coast to terminate, it was thought to be such a detached bank as some others seen by Lieutenant Ball and Mr. Bampton, which lie much further over towards the north end of New Caledonia, and no expectation of meeting with any more was entertained, especially as the Investigator had before steered for Torres' Strait from reefs several degrees further to the west without interruption. The signal being made to keep under easy working sail during the night and a warrant officer being placed at the look-out on board the Porpoise, the ships steered north-north east on their course with a fresh breeze from the east-south-eastward, the Bridgewater being on the starboard quarter and the Cato on the larboard quarter of the leading ship. At eight o'clock, the Porpoise sounded with 35 fathoms but found no bottom. At half past nine, breakers were seen a-head, and the Porpoise's helm was put down in order to tack from them, but the fore-sail being hauled up to keep the other ships in sight, she was then under three double-reefed top sails, and only came up head to wind: in paying off again she struck upon the coral reef which occasioned the breakers. A gun was attempted to be fired to warn the other ships, but owing to the confusion and the spray that was flying over it could not be accomplished ; and before lights were brought up, the Bridgewater and Cato had hauled to the wind on different tacks across each other. The two ships must have touched and gone upon the reef together, had not the commander of the latter ship stopped setting his main-sail, and bore away to let the Bridgewater go to windward, by which means she cleared the breakers and stood on to the southward ; but the Cato missing stays for want of her main-sail when she afterwards tried to tack, struck upon the reef about two cables lengths from the Porpoise. The Porpoise heeled in upon the reef and laid upon her broad-side, so that the surfs flew over but did not fill her : the foremast went very soon, but the other masts stood till they were cut away. The Cato unfortunately took the opposite inclination and the sea breaking furiously in upon her decks tore them up and every thing within the ship almost immediately ; leaving the crew no place where they could prevent themselves from being washed off by the seas but the inner fore chains, where they clung all night with their eyes bent to the south-westward after the Bridgewater, and waiting anxiously for day-break, when they confidently hoped that the boats of that ship would come to their relief. An hour after the Porpoise had struck, a small gig and a six-oared cutter were got out to leeward, but the latter was stove and full of water. Observing that the breaking water did not extend any distance to leeward Captain Flinders spoke to Lieutenant Fowler, the commander of the ship, and told him of his intention to get the charts and log books of the Investigator's voyage into the small boat, and get on board the Bridgewater, that with her boats he might be able to get the people out of the ship as soon as possible ; this was assented to, and with six men and two oars he got through the surf without being swamped, though nearly full of water. The smooth water was found to be upon a coral reef, and just deep enough to float the boat. After rowing for a short time towards the Bridgewater, Captain Flinders saw that unless she tacked it was impossible for him to come near her, and as her light shewed her to be standing on, he determined to get back to the wreck, leaving his charts and books in the boat ; but the surf ran too high for this to be done in the night, and therefore he kept rowing gently under the lee of the breakers, and the cutter which by this time had got her leak partly stopped and had shoved off, he also desired to keep near the ship till morning. Several blue lights were burnt on board the Porpoise during the night, and some on board saw the Bridgewater answer them by shewing a light, whilst others took it to be only a general light which was still visible: it was last seen about two in the morning. A raft was prepared during the night, lest the ship might go to pieces, and at daybreak Captain Flinders got on board by the help of the fallen masts. A dry sand bank was now seen near the wreck, sufficient to receive every body and all the provisions and stores that might be saved out of the ship, and they had the still further satisfaction to see the Bridgewater standing towards them. Every body was now set to work to get up provisions and water to be landed on the sand bank, where Captain Flinders went with the small boat in order to go off to the Bridgewater so soon as she came near, to point out to Capt. Palmer the shelter to leeward where he might safely take every body on board with what else might be saved. On landing at the bank he hoisted up two handkerchiefs to a tall oar, but about ten o'clock it appeared that the ship had gone upon the other tack, not being able probably to weather the reef, and she was not seen any more during the day. Whether the Bridgewater saw the wrecks or the bank cannot be certainly known, but her courses, if not the hull, were visible from both the ships. As the tide fell, the people of the Cato quitted her and got through the surf to the Porpoise's small boat which waited within side to receive them, and at low water, which happened about two o'clock, the reef was dry very near to the latter ship, and every person was employed getting provisions, water, and their clothes upon the reef, from whence they were taken to the bank by the boats, for round the bank the water is deeper. Before dark, five half-hogsheads of water were landed, as also some flour, salt meat, rice, and spirits, besides pigs and sheep, and every person had got on shore with some necessaries, together with the Cato's people. These last had left their ship naked, but having got on board the Porpoise, Mr. Fowler had cloathed four or five in lieutenants uniforms and some promotions of a similar kind had also taken place amongst the Porpoise's seamen. Those who had saved great coats or blankets sharing with those who had none, they laid down to sleep with some little comfort ; and except a few of the Cato's men who were bruised on the reef, there was no complaining heard upon the bank. The three boats of the Porpoise were hauled up at night under the lee side of the bank, but the small boat not having been well secured was found to have been carried away by the tide. 
As there was no hope of saving the Porpoise, the tide by this time flowing in and out of her, on the 19th in the morning Captain Flinders thought proper to do away the circumstance of his being a passenger, and took the command of the whole party. He divided the Cato's people, who had saved nothing, amongst the Porpoise's men, quartering them in the messes in the proportion of one to three ; and then Lieutenant Fowler, with a large working party in the two cutters, went off to the ship. The Cato had gone to pieces during the night, and one of her quarters had floated in upon the reef ; but nothing of her cargo or stores remained with it. 
During this and the following day, the wind continued to blow fresh from the south eastward, and the Bridgewater not coming in sight it was supposed that Captain Palmer was beating to windward waiting for finer weather to relieve the unfortunate people with more safety to himself; but the 21st and 22nd being fine days with moderate winds, and still no appearance of the ship, it made them almost give up hopes of seeing her more. 
They continued to work hard on board the wreck, and got much provisions, water, sails, and many other stores upon the bank during the above-mentioned four days ; but all hopes of seeing the Bridgewater having then vanished, Captain Flinders called together the principal officers to consult upon the steps proper to be taken for transporting the two ships' crews and passengers to some frequented port. The plan that met with general approbation was as follows : ---That the largest cutter should have a light hatch-deck laid over her, and that Captain Flinders and Mr. Park, commander of the Cato, should proceed in her to Port Jackson, and either procure from His Excellency the Governor sufficient colonial vessels to carry every body back to Port Jackson, or otherwise to hire a ship for that purpose, or to carry them on to India, from whence passages might be procured to Europe :- but lest an accident should happen to the cutter that a small vessel sufficient to carry all but one boat's crew should be immediately laid down by the carpenters, to be built from what was and might be saved from the wreck, and that this vessel should in two months proceed to Port Jackson, or so soon after as she should be ready. The small cutter Captain Flinders proposed to remain with the stores for a few weeks longer, if the provisions would admit of it, and then for her to go to Port Jackson also, if no colonial or other vessel should arrive before that time. 
On consulting with the carpenter of the Investigator about the possibility of building such a vessel, and the time it might require, he gave his opinion that two boats sufficient to carry the people would be sooner built, and perhaps answer the purpose as well ; and this seeming to be the general opinion, it was adopted by the Commander. 
By the evening of the 23d the whole of the water, and almost the whole of the provisions were landed on the bank, and their stock was now found to consist of the following quantities and proportions for 94 men at full allowance : Biscuit - 920 pounds | 83 days
 Flour - 6944 ditto | 83 days
 Beef in 4 pounds 1776 pieces | 94 days
 Pork in 2 pounds 592 ditto | 94 days Pease - 45 bushels - 107 days 
 Oatmeal - 30 ditto - 48 days 
 Rice - 1225 pounds - 114 days 
 Sugar - 370 pounds | 84 days
 Molasses - 125 ditto | 84 days 
Spirits - 225 gallons | 49 days
Wine - 113 ditto | 49 days 
Porter - 60 ditto | 49 days Water, 5650 gallons - 120 days at half-a-gallon per day 
With some sour krout, essence of malt, vinegar and salt. The other stores consisted of a new suit of sails, some whole and some broken spars, iron-work, the armourer's forge, a kedge anchor and hawser, rope, junk, canvas, some twine and other small stores; and four half-barrels of powder, two swivels, and several musquets and pistols, with ball and flints. 
Until the 25th they were employed in fitting up the cutter, which was now called the Hope, for her expedition, and in still adding to their stock upon the bank : for although the sea had much shaken the ship since the holds were emptied, yet she still stood, and they hoped would keep together at least until the next spring tides. At Lieutenant Fowler's own request Captain Flinders ordered that he should remain with the stores until the last boat ; and that Lieutenant Flinders, and Mr. John Aiken the master of the Investigator should take charge of the two large boats, with a master's mate in each capable of conducting them to Port Jackson, should illness or any accident happen to the two officers. On Friday the 26th of August in the morning, Captain Flinders and his companions embarked in the cutter, to the number of fourteen, with three weeks provisions. With minds full of hope mixed with anxiety, they returned the three cheers given by their ship-mates on the bank, who immediately hauled down the ensign which had been hitherto hoisted with the union downwards as a signal of distress, and now hoisted the union in the upper canton. (Source: 625783/5767)
  49. SHIP NEWS
    1803 - Sunday, 11 September - Remain the Rolla, nearly ready to sail for the Relief of the Officers and Crew of His Majesty's Ship Porpoise and the Cato, which humane Service Captain CUMMINGS has consented to perform on the most liberal conditions and it is hoped the assistance that is given will compleat her by Saturday next. She is afterwards to proceed on her Voyage to China., in which track the Reef lies. The Alexander Whaler is expected to sail this day for the Eastern Coast of New Zealand, where Captain Rhodes supposes he may continue several months, and probably visit the Coast of Peru and Chili before he returns to Europe. (Source: 625775)
  50. SHIP NEWS
    1803 - Sunday, 4 September - Remain the Alexander Whaler; the brig L'Adele, and the schooner Governor King---both the latter to sail this day. (Source: 625768)
  51. SHIP NEWS
    Yesterday dropped down His Majesty's armed tender Lady Nelson, expected to sail this day for the intended Establishment at Van Dieman. Yesterday the Prisoners ordered thither were embarked; and the Albion Whaler will sail about the middle of the ensuing week with the bulk of the Provisions and Stores. Captain Buncker not having yet compleated his cargo, supposes he will continue eight or ten months longer on the Fishery before he takes a final departure for England: nor is it wholly improbable that he may revisit Port Jackson in the interval. (Source: 625741)
  52. SHIP NEWS
    1803 - Sunday, 14 August - Sailed on Wednesday His Majesty's Ship Porpoise, with Captain FLINDERS on board for England— but first to accompany the Bridgewater and Cato through Torres' Strait into the Indian Ocean. Between eight and nine in the morning the Vessels got under way, and at 12 were well clear of the Heads. HIS EXCELLENCY accompanied them as far as South Head, and returned in the Lady Nelson. Remain in the Cove His Majesty's Armed Tender Lady Nelson, the Rolla, Alexander the Albion Whalers, and l'Adele snow. Dropped down the Brig Nautilus, about to sail for Hunter's River. (Source: 625725)
  53. SHIP NEWS
    1803 - Sunday, 7 August - Remain in the Cove His Majesty's Armed Tender Lady Nelson, the Rolla, Alexander and Albion Whalers,and l'Adele snow. Dropped down His Majesty's Ship Porpoise, the Hope Company's Extra ship Bridgewater, the Cato, and brig Nautilus. (Source: 625712)
  54. SHIP NEWS
    1803 - Sunday, 31 July - Remain in the Cove His Majesty's Ship Porpoise, Armed Tender Lady Nelson; with the Rolla, Alexander and Albion whalers ; Brig Nautilus, Snow l'Adele ; and Bridgewater and Cato dropped down. (Source: 625703)
  55. SYDNEY
    1803 - Sunday, 31 July - The Albion's Whale-boat, advertised in our last Week's Paper to have been taken away from the ship on the morning of the 11th ult. was picked up the following day by the Bee Colonial vessel, with the lad on board mentioned to be missing. (Source: 625702)
  56. SHIP NEWS
    1803 - Sunday, 24 July - Remain His Majesty's Ship Porpoise, Armed Tender Lady Nelson, the Cumberland and Frances, newly returned from Hunter's River; the Bridgewater dropped down, the Cato, Rolla, Alexandria and Albion whalers; and Brigs Nautilus and l'Adele. (Source: 625693)
  57. NOTICE
    1803 - Sunday, 24 July - E A R L Y on Thursday Morning last a WHALE-BOAT was taken from the Ship ALBION Captain BUNCKER, supposed to be by an English Lad about 18 years of age, belonging to the said Vessel, as he has been ever since missing. Any Person who will cause the said Boat to be returned to the Vessel shall receive Gratuity of TWO POUNDS Sterling. And Notice is hereby given, that if after this public Advertisement, the said Boat should be detained, the Parties offending therein will be prosecuted with the utmost Rigour. (Source: 625692)
  58. SHIP NEWS
    1803 - Sunday, 10 July - On Sunday last His Majesty's Ship Porpoise returned, having been out 17 days, during which she experienced much foul weather, which occasions her return without making the place of her destination. And on the day following returned His Majesty's Armed Tender Lady Nelson, from the same intended expedition. The Lady Nelson had not been able to get further to the Southward than Two-Fold Bay, where she remained waiting for a change of wind but on putting to sea she unfortunately, carried away the main-keel, without any other apparent cause than the strain on it, which obliged the Commander to bear up for this Port. On Wednesday arrived the Albion Whaler, Capt. Buncker, with 65 Tons of Spermaceti and procured mostly off the Eastern Coast of New Zealand. She left England the 17th of June, 1802 and was at Norfolk Island about three Months since. The Albion has been as far to the Southward on this Coast as 22° S and discovered a group of Eight or Nine Islands, in 24° 5' S. which are from two to three Miles in length, may be seen 4 or 5 leagues off, are well wooded, and abound with Turtle, of which Capt Buncker brought some here. These islands lie about ten leagues N. W. from Break Sea Spit, and about 12 leagues East Northerly from Boston Bay. The Westernmost of them was seen by Captain Flinders in his last Voyage. Capt. Buncker reports deep water and good anchorage all round them. Notwithstanding the length of time this ship has been at sea, (near 13 Months,) her crew are in perfect good health. Remain with His Majesty's Vessels Investigator, Porpoise, and Lady Nelson, the Bridgewater, Rolla, and Cato, Alexander and Albion Whalers, and brig Nautilus. (Source: 625667)
  59. SHIP NEWS
    1803 - Sunday, 5 June - Arrived on Tuesday to refresh and refit, the Alexander Whaler, Capt. Rhodes. She has been fishing off the North-East Coast of New Zealand, where she got 50 tons of spermaceti oil. The Alexander stopped at Norfolk Island, from whence she has brought 18,535lbs. of pork, salted on the Island, on account of Government. The Buffalo was seventeen days on her passage, landed the passengers and stores in three days, and left the island on the 14th of May on her way to Calcutta. While the Alexander was cruising off New Zealand, one of the natives (Toogee) who resided nine months at Norfolk Island, in 1794, visited Captain Rhodes: he had not forgot his English, nor the attention he received from his friends at that island: the other native, Woodoo, died some time ago. A youth, about 16 years old, the son of a Chief at the North End of New Zealand, went on board the Alexander soon after she arrived off the Coast, and is now landed from that ship: he is very intelligent, and of a good disposition; and, as he resides with the GOVERNOR during the Alexander's stay, it is to be hoped the attention he may receive from all descriptions of persons in the Colony will impress him and his countrymen with such favourable ideas of Europeans, as may insure a continuance of the hospitable reception our whalers have met with on that Coast of which Captain Rhodes speaks in the highest terms: he procured seven or eight tons of very fine Potatoes, and other refreshments; with much assistance from the Natives in wooding and watering, for the most trifling returns. (Source: 625667)
  60. Remain as per last. (Source: 625610)
  61. SHIP NEWS
    1803 - Sunday, 22 May - Sailed on Tuesday for England, His Majesty's ship Glatton, with the Greenwich and Venus whalers. In consequence of the intelligence brought by the Bridgewater, mentioned in a former paper, viz. that the Imogen had arrived at the Cape with dispatches to Sir R. Curtis and General Boyd, countermanding the instructions they had previously received to evacuate that place, Capt. Colnett does not design to touch there, but perhaps will put in to the island of St. Katharine in his way home. Remain His Majesty's ship Porpoise, armed tender Lady Nelson, and Bridgewater, Cato, Rolla, and brig Harrington. (Source: 625580)
  62. SHIP NEWS
    1803 - Sunday, 24 April - Sailed on Thursday last for Norfolk Island and from thence to proceed for the Moluccus and Calcutta, His Majesty's Ship Buffalo, Capt. W. Kent, Commander. Sailed on Monday last for Bass's Straits, the Endeavour, Oliphant; and George, Stewart. On Friday arrived the Brig Harrington, Mr. WILLIAM CAMPBELL Master, from the Coast of Peru and Chili. In her passage she touched at Norfolk Island, which she left the evening of the 15th instant. Remain His Majesty's ships Glatton and Porpoise; armed Tender Lady Nelson, Cumberland and Bee Colonial vessels, with Bridgewater, Cato, and Greenwich and Venus Whalers. (Source: 625529)
  63. SHIP NEWS
    1803 - Sunday, 17 April - Remain His Majesty's ships Glatton, Buffalo ready for sea Porpoise, armed Tender Lady Nelson, and Colonial sloop Bee; with Bridgewater, Cato, and Greenwich and Venus Whalers (Source: 625522)
  64. SHIP NEWS
    1803 - Sunday, 10 April - Remain His Majesty's ships Glatton, Buffalo, and Porpoise ; with the Bridgewater, and Greenwich and Venus Whalers. (Source: 625505)
  65. SHIP NEWS
    1803 - Saturday, 2 April - Sailed on Wednesday the sloop Surprise, Messrs. Kable and Underwood owners, for Bass's Straits. (Source: 625486)
  66. SHIP NEWS
    1803 - Saturday, 2 April - Remain His Majesty's ships Glatton, Buffalo, and Porpoise, with the Bridgewater, and Greenwich and Venus Whalers. (Source: 625585)
  67. HAGUE
    1803 - Saturday, 26 March - On Saturday, 18 August, 1802 the Legislative Body have terminated their extraordinary sittings, and will not meet again before the 15th of October. -- The proposal of Government for indemnifying the proprietors of the East India Company, by the exclusive privilege of the Chinese trade, has been rejected as contrary to the interest of the State.--- This affair will be definitively terminated when the Government shall have presented to the Legislative Body its new plan of organization for the East India trade. According to a new law, a society is to be established, which will have the privilege of fishing for whales in the neighbourhood of the Cape of Good Hope, and on the coasts of Africa, which the Americans and English have done for some time with great success. Every inhabitant of this Republic and of the Cape may have a share in this speculation. The ships destined for the fishery must be fitted out in this country ; after the term of two years no vessels but those contracted in our our own docks will be employed for this purpose. The whale oil and blubber must be sold in our towns and sea ports, before they can be exported to foreign countries. (Source: 625470)
  68. SHIP NEWS
    1803 - Saturday, 26 March - Sailed for India on Thursday last, the ship Castle of Good Hope, Mr. A. McAskill master. Sailed on Thursday for Parramatta with provisions, the Frances colonial schooner ; on Friday the Cumberland, ditto, ready to sail for the same place. Remain His Majesty's ships Glatton, Buffalo, Porpoise, and Cumberland colonial schooners, Bee sloop (and Armed Tender Lady Nelson at Lane Cove) ; the Bridgewater, with Greenwich and Venus Whalers. (Source: 625468)
  69. REMAINDER OF SHIP NEWS
    1803 - Saturday, 19 March - On Thursday arrived from the Hawkesbury, the Frances Colonial Schooner, laden with wheat. Remain His Majesty's ship Glatton, Buffalo, Porpoise, Armed Tender Lady Nelson, and Cumberland Colonial Schooner ; the Bridgewater, Castle of Good Hope, and the Greenwich and Venus Whalers. (Source: 625464)
  70. A ROCK DISCOVERED IN BASS's STRAITS
    1803 - Saturday, 12 March - Capt. McAskill, on his passage thro' these Straits in the Castle of Good Hope, on the 7th of February last, was near striking on a dangerous Rock, lying S. E. half E. by compass, and 7 miles distant from Round Island, or Rodunda, off Wilson's Promontory, and distant about 11 miles from Sir R. Curtis's Islands, Hogan's Group just in sight from the mast-head. It lies mid-way in the Channel into the Pacific Ocean, and seems to be a round clump, upon which the water breaks about 12 or 14 yards in length, but has apparently a greater base ; it is steep, too, on all sides, as Capt. McAskill sounded round it, and had no ground with 25 fathoms, within a quarter of a mile of it ; it is not more than 2 feet under water, and in very fine weather he thinks there may be no break visible. On his passage through the Straits he saw no other danger. This Rock was also discovered by the Geographe, but no particulars were received of it from the French Commodore. Yesterday, shortly before our Paper went to Press, arrived within the Heads His Majesty's ship GLATTON, commanded by Capt. COLNET, from England, with Prisoners of both sexes. Capt. COLNET saw a ship the day before he got in, which he supposes to have been the BRIDGWATER, whose arrival may be hourly expected. The Venus Whaler, Mr. B. GARDNER Master, will sail for England on or about the 26th Instant. (Source: 625453)
  71. SHIP NEWS
    1803 - Saturday, 12 March - On Sunday morning last arrived the Venus Whaler, Mr. B. Gardner Master, with 1400 barrels of spermaceti oil. The vessels she left cruising off the coast of New Zealand were, the Albion, Buncker, and the Alexander, Rhodes (as mentioned in our former Paper.) She sprung her boltsprit some days before her arrival, but sustained no other accident to the vessel. While on the Fishery, Capt. Gardner had nearly lost his life from the following circumstance :---Acting as harpineer, he struck a Whale, which immediately dived and ran out ; a part of the coil entangled his leg, whereby he was instantaneously dragged out of the boat, and remained a considerable space of time under water before he could possibly extricate himself from so perilous a situation. Fortunately, however, the line had been expeditiously cut away, and he, by a surprising effort, and strong presence of mind, happily effected his own deliverance. (Source: 625450)
  72. NOTICE
    1803 - Saturday, 5 March - E A R L Y on Thursday Morning last a WHALE-BOAT was taken from the Ship ALBION Captain BUNCKER, supposed to be by an English Lad about 18 years of age, belonging to the said Vessel, as he has been ever since missing. Any Person who will cause the said Boat to be returned to the Vessel shall receive Gratuity of TWO POUNDS Sterling. And Notice is hereby given, that if after this public Advertisement, the said Boat should be detained, the Parties offending therein will be prosecuted with the utmost Rigour. (Source: 625692)
  73. SHIP NEWS
    1803 - Saturday, 5 March - The Greenwich Whaler is positively to sail for England on the 15th of the present month. (Source: 625428)
  74. SHIP NEWS
    1803 - Saturday, 5 March - On the 14th ultimo arrived the Greenwich Whaler, Mr. ALEXANDER LAW master, with 1700 barrels of spermaceti oil, procured mostly off the N. E. Coast of New Zealand. The Whalers she left cruising off that Coast, and which may be expected here to refit about the beginning of June are, the Venus, Gardner ; Albion, Buncker ; and Alexander, Rhodes. The Harriot, Chace had sailed for England on the 4th of February, a full ship. (Source: 625433)

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