William and Ann (1759)

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Name: William and Ann
Launched: 1759, King's Yard
Fate: Last listed 1812
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 370, or 376[1] (bm)
Draught: 16 feet (4.9 m)
Sail plan: Ship rig
Armament: 6 × 6-pounder guns[1]

William and Ann was built at the King's Yard in 1759, and was a two-decker. She served whaler and convict ship. She was last listed in 1812.


She was lengthened and raised in 1767, becoming 370 tons; a new upper part and thorough repairs were undertaken in 1785. Repairs to fix previous repair work were undertaken in 1789. Further repairs were undertaken in 1791, where she was sheathed and doubled.

Under the command of Master Eber Bunker, she departed Plymouth as part of the third fleet on 27 March 1791, and arrived on 28 August 1791 in Port Jackson, New South Wales.[2] She embarked 188 male convicts, of whom seven died during the voyage.[3]

Captain Bunker then conducted the first recorded visit by a whaling ship to New Zealand, calling in at Doubtless Bay in 1791 while hunting sperm whales in the South Pacific.[4] She was reported off the coast of Peru in 1792. She returned to Sydney and thence sailed to England. She was reported off the coast of Brazil in March 1793, and returned to England later that year.[5]

Citations and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lloyd's Register (1812), seq. no. W280.
  2. ^ Bateson (1974), pp.115-6.
  3. ^ Bateson (1974), p.122.
  4. ^ "The Register (Adelaide), Tuesday 26 January 1926. p. 12.". Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Clayton (2014), p. 245.
  • Bateson, Charles (1974) The Convict Ships, 1787–1868. (Sydney). ISBN 0-85174-195-9
  • 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