Governor King (ship)

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Namesake: Governor Philip Gidley King
Owner: Henry Kable & James Underwood
Builder: Kable & Underwood
Launched: 1803
Fate: Wrecked on 22 April 1806
General characteristics
Type: Schooner
Displacement: 38 tons
Propulsion: Sail

Governor King was a 38-ton schooner built in 1803 by James Underwood, Sydney, Australia and was wrecked in April 1806.

Governor King was launched in May 1803 by James Underwood, for Kable and Underwood.[1]

On 20 April 1806 Governor King arrived off Port Jackson from Norfolk Island. Finding the wind direction unfavourable for entering the harbour the ship headed north to Newcastle and dropped anchor in the harbour. A strong current dragged the ship on the 22 April and it hit the rocks so violently that the stern shattered and it filled instantly, breaking up in a few hours. The crew and much of the cargo of pork being carried was saved but the ship was destroyed.[2]


  1. ^ "Ships News". The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, Sunday 19 June 1803, p.4. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Australian Shipwrecks - vol1 1622-1850, Charles Bateson, AH and AW Reed, Sydney, 1972, ISBN 0-589-07112-2 p41