HMS Integrity

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Name: Integrity
Owner: Colony of New South Wales
Builder: King's Dockyard, Sydney
Laid down: September 1802
Completed: January 1804
Fate: Disappeared, 1805
General characteristics
Type: Cutter
Tons burthen: 56 tons bm
Crew: 11

The Integrity was a cutter of 56 tons, that disappeared on its way to Chile in 1805.

The ship was laid down in September 1802 at the newly opened King's Dockyard in the colony of New South Wales. During construction her shipwright Thomas Moore tested that the hull was watertight by filling it with water from the inside, and repairing any visible leaks.[1] A partition was also constructed in her hold, which could be moved to or away from the forecastle bulkhead to vary her cargo capacity.[1]

Integrity was launched in January 1804, becoming the first seagoing vessel to be constructed and launched in the colony of New South Wales.[1]

Sometime in June 1805, Governor Philip Gidley King sent the ship under the command of Acting Lieutenant Charles Robbins to Valparaíso in Chile with letters to the Governor of Chile. The ship with its commander, two mates and eight seamen was never heard from or sighted again.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Hawkins, Clifford W. (October 1983). "The Passage of Sail: European Sailing Ship Building in the South West Pacific". The Great Circle (Australian Association of Maritime History) 5 (2): 88. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Bateson, Charles (1972). Australian Shipwrecks - Vol.1 - 1622-1850. Sydney: A.H. and A.W. Reed. p. 40. ISBN 0-589-07112-2.