In March 1809, three ships, Argument, Experiment and Hazard left Pittwater, New South Wales, bound for Sydney with a cargo of wheat. A squall arose and the master of Argument, Bejamin Pate, watched as Hazard was driven ashore and wrecked. Deciding to avoid a similar fate he attempted to run for Broken Bay but missed the entrance and struck Short Reef. Benjamin Pate, his hand, James Dicey, and a passenger, Mary Kirk, were all drowned.
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