HMS Cumberland (1803)
|New South Wales|
|Builder:||Thomas Moore, King's Dockyard, Sydney|
|Fate:||Sold to Royal Navy in 1803|
|Fate:||Sold in 1810|
|Class and type:||Schooner|
|Tons burthen:||29 (bm)|
Cumberland was built at the King's Dockyard in Port Jackson in 1801. From construction she was owned by the colonial government of New South Wales, which used her to transport grain from the Hawkesbury region to the settlement at Sydney Cove. Her crew consisted of five men, comprising a master, a master's mate, and three able seamen.
The Royal Navy purchased her in early 1803 and deployed her under the command of Acting Lieutenant Charles Robbins to assist surveyor Charles Grimes in mapping the coastline of King Island and Port Phillip. On her return to Port Jackson, she was assigned to convey Matthew Flinders to England. However the poor condition of the vessel forced Flinders to put into French-controlled Mauritius, where he and the ship were interned. Cumberland remained in Mauritius when Flinders was released on 13 June 1810. Flinders left on the cartel Harriet, bound for Bengal, but when she encountered HMS Otter, he transferred to her as she was carrying dispatches to the Cape.
Citations and references
- Fleming, James (2002), Currey, John, ed., A journal of Grimes' survey : the Cumberland in Port Phillip January-February 1803, Malvern, Victoria: Banks Society Publications, p. 43, ISBN 0-949586-10-2
- Correspondence, Governor Philip Gidley King to Lord Hobart, 9 November 1802. Cited in Bladen 1979, p.901
- Winfield and Roberts (2015), p.256.
- Bladen, F. M., ed. (1979). Historical records of New South Wales. Vol. 4, Hunter and King, 1800, 1801, 1802. Lansdown Slattery & Co. ISBN 0868330051.
- "Vessels: Cumberland". The Flinders Papers. National Maritime Museum. Archived from the original on 2004-06-24. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
- Winfield, Rif & Stephen S Roberts (2015) French Warships in the Age of Sail 1786 - 1861: Design Construction, Careers and Fates. (Seaforth Publishing). ISBN 9781848322042