Francis (1793)

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Francis
Career (Australia)
Launched: 24 July 1793
Fate: Wrecked on 21 March 1805.
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 41 tons

Francis was a 41 burthen ton colonial schooner that was partially constructed at the Deptford Dockyard, England and sent in frame aboard the Pitt to Australia to be put together for the purposes of exploration. The vessel had originally been designed for George Vancouver’s discovery voyage of the west coast of North America.

Francis was assembled and launched at Sydney Cove, Port Jackson on 24 July 1793.[1] She left Port Jackson on 8 September, with Britannia to Dusky Bay, New Zealand on a survey and sealing expedition. Francis made a survey of Port Stephens in February 1795 under the command of deputy surveyor-general Charles Grimes.[2]

The Francis was sent on three rescue voyages in 1797, to the Sydney Cove wreck in the Furneaux Group of islands, Tasmania.[1] While in the Furneaux Group, Matthew Flinders undertook a survey of the islands. She accompanied HMS Lady Nelson to Newcastle in 1801 and collected 75 tons of coal.

Fate[edit]

She was wrecked on 21 March 1805, north of the Hunter River, Newcastle on the Oyster Bank.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "First Survey of Furneaux Group by Flinders". The Mercury (Hobart, Tas), Monday 22 January 1945, p.6. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Port Stephens and Port Macquarie". Army News, Sunday 2 November 1941, p.8. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ship News". The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, Sunday 31 March 1805, p.3. Retrieved 3 January 2012.