Governor King (ship)
|Namesake:||Governor Philip Gidley King|
|Owner:||Henry Kable & James Underwood|
|Builder:||Kable & Underwood|
|Fate:||Wrecked on 22 April 1806|
Governor King was launched in May 1803 by James Underwood, for Kable and Underwood.
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.
- "SHIP NEWS". The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser. I, (16). New South Wales, Australia. 19 June 1803. p. 4 – via National Library of Australia.
- "SHIP NEWS". The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser. IV (161). 13 April 1806. p. 2 – via National Library of Australia.
- Australian Shipwrecks - vol1 1622-1850, Charles Bateson, AH and AW Reed, Sydney, 1972, ISBN 0-589-07112-2 p41
- "View Shipwreck - Governor King". Australian National Shipwreck Database. Aust Govt.
- "MURDER". The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser. IV (164). 4 May 1806. p. 1 – via National Library of Australia.
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