Earl Spencer (1799 ship)
|Namesake:||George Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer|
|Owner:||John Hill, Paradise Row|
|Fate:||Lost c. end-1801|
|Tons burthen:||509, 520, or 600 (bm)|
Earl Spencer was a Brazilian-built ship, that entered Lloyd's Register in 1799 as foreign built, with later editions specifying "Brazil". She made two seal-hunting voyages to South Georgia between 1799 and 1802, being wrecked there on the second.
Captain William Beacon received a letter of marque for Earl Spencer on 3 August 1799. She was listed on the Protection List in 1799 and 1800; the lists protected the crews of certain vessels, such as whalers, from impressment, at least on the outbound leg of a voyage.
Earl Spencer sailed in 1800 to South Georgia on her first sealing voyage. At the time of her visit she was the largest vessel to have visited to that date. She returned to Britain on 3 February 1801.
Earl Spencer sailed a second time for South Georgia on 15 May 1801 under the command of Captain William Beacon (or Bacon, or Beyton). She was lost there towards the end of 1801 or early 1802 when she drifted from her anchors and was wrecked.[Note 1] However, the crew was saved. She was valued at £8,000.
The Register of Shipping for 1802 gave the name of her master as W. Beaton, and had the notation "LOST" against her name. Earl Spencer was last listed in Lloyd's Register for 1803 (published in 1802).
Notes, citations and references
- Clayton, Jane M. (2014) Ships employed in the South Sea Whale Fishery from Britain: 1775-1815: An alphabetical list of ships. (Berforts Group). ISBN 978-1908616524
- Headland, R.K. (1990) Chronological List of Antarctic Expeditions and Related Historical Events. (Cambridge University Press). ISBN 9780521309035
- Jones, A.G.E. (1950) Polar portraits: collected papers. (Caedmon of Whitby).