Active (ship)

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Name: Active
Fate: Disappeared on or after 16 February 1810
General characteristics
Class & type: brigantine sealer

For other ships of the same name, see HMS Active, USCGC Active, USRC Active, and USS Active.

The Active was a ship that disappeared in the Tasman Sea in 1810.

The Active was a brigantine sealer under the command of Captain John Bader when it was driven ashore in Westernport Bay, Australia on 11 June 1809. No crew were lost and it was refloated and was sailed to Sydney, arriving on 24 July. It was repaired, including installing new masts. On 11 December 1809 the Active, again under the command of Bader and with a sealing party aboard, headed for the Open Bay Islands on the west coast of New Zealand. The sealing party was landed on a small island on 16 February 1810 then the Active set sail for Sydney and was never seen again.

The sealing party remained stranded until rescued in 1813 by the ship Governor Bligh, returning to Sydney on 15 December 1813.[1][2]


  1. ^ Australian Shipwrecks - vol 1 1622-1850, Charles Bateson, AH and AW Reed, Sydney, 1972, ISBN 0-589-07112-2 p46-47
  2. ^ New Zealand Folk Song: The story of David Lowston, a pre-colonial NZ song