Campbell Macquarie

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Name: Campbell Macquarie
Owner: Alexander & Company
Port of registry: Calcutta
Fate: Wrecked, 10 June 1812
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 248 bm
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Crew: 42

The Campbell Macquarie was a ship wrecked near Macquarie Island in 1812.

The Campbell Macquarie was a ship of 248 tons, built at Calcutta, India and owned by Alexander & Co. of Calcutta. On 22 March 1812 the ship, under the command of Richard Siddons left Sydney and arrived at Kangaroo Island, South Australia on 29 April 1812. There it took on board 1,650 seal skins and 33 tons of salt. On 21 May it left Kangaroo Island for Macquarie Island. At midnight on 10 June rocks were spotted. Tacking was not possible and so an anchor was dropped. The Campbell Macquarie struck the rocks at 1.30am and by 2am her stern post broke and water poured in. The pumps were unable to cope with the inflow and at daylight the crew began unloading the cargo, sails and rigging. Much of it was saved, only to be destroyed weeks later in a storm. On 28 June the ship was fired to salvage its ironwork.[1]

The crew consisted of 12 Europeans and 30 Lascars, four of them who died whilst waiting for rescue.[2]

On 20 October 1812, twelve of the crew were rescued by the Perseverance that had called at the island to take on board another sealing party. The remainder were rescued some months later.[3]


  1. ^ Bateson, Charles (1972). Australian Shipwrecks Vol.1 (1622-1850). Sydney: A.H. and A.W. Reed. p. 48. ISBN 0-589-07112-2. 
  2. ^ McNab, Robert (1909). "CHAPTER XIV. Macquarie Island Trade, 1810 to 1820.". Murihiku: A History of the South Island of New Zealand and the Islands Adjacent and Lying to the South, from 1642 to 1835. Wellington: Whitcombe and Tombs. pp. 184–185. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "First Known Wreck - Campbell Macquarie". Macquarie Island Shipwrecks, Sealers and Scientists - The Shipwreck Watch. 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 

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Coordinates: 54°37′S 158°52′E / 54.62°S 158.86°E / -54.62; 158.86