The Tragic Loss of George III – 1835

The 400-ton ship George the Third sailed from England on 12 December 1834 carrying 220 convicts bound for Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania).   When less than 80kms from their destination at Hobart, tragedy struck with terrible loss of life.   On Sunday 12 April 1835 the George III  made land at South Cape, the southernmost point ofContinue reading The Tragic Loss of George III – 1835

The May Queen’s Long and Lucky Life

Launched in 1867, the May Queen is Australia’s oldest sailing ketch still afloat.   During her century long working life she twice sank, survived several collisions and a myriad of other mishaps that could have been her demise. The 36-ton May Queen was purpose built for carrying timber, but over her long career she transported allContinue reading “The May Queen’s Long and Lucky Life”

The Brig Amity’s Amazing Career

All Australian school children learn of the Endeavour’s role in the history of Australia.   Some people may have heard of the First Fleet’s flag-ship Sirius or the Investigator which Matthew Flinders used to chart much of Australia’s coastline.   But, I wager few, outside Albany WA, have heard of the Amity or know of her contributionContinue reading “The Brig Amity’s Amazing Career”