Abbey (1853)

The Abbey was a wooden brigantine that was wrecked at Crowdy Head, New South Wales in 1868.

Extract of the Abbey (1853) Lloyd's Register of British and Foreign Shipping 1854 journal entry
Name: Abbey
Owner: John Phillips
Port of registry: Sydney
Builder: Unknown, Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland
Completed: 1853
  • Registration number: 52/1867
  • Official number: 31803
Fate: Ran aground on 15 February 1868
General characteristics
Type: Wooden brigantine
Tonnage: 90 GT
Displacement: 90 NT
Length: 22.6 m
Beam: 5.7 m
Draught: 3.3 m
Installed power: NA


The Abbey was built at Newcastle, Northern Ireland, in 1854. During the period 1858–1866, she was engaged mainly in the trade between Circular Head, Tasmania, and Hobsons Bay, Melbourne, carrying a cargo of general produce and items such as candles and soap.[1][2] The ship's captain, James Crocket, made this journey at least five times between 5 July 1859 and the 7 May 1862.[1][2][3][4][5]

Towards the end of Captain James Crocket's tenure, the Abbey was being used in runs between Brisbane and ports such as Newcastle, New South Wales,[6] the Clarence River and Port Frederick.[7]

On 27 June 1866, the Abbey was rammed by a cutter while at rest in the Brisbane River.[8] A few months later, on 6 September, she was sold at a public auction in Melbourne, having had a "thorough overhaul".[9]

In October 1866 the vessel sailed to Dunedin, New Zealand, under the command of T. W. Harrison.[10] In 1867 the vessel made runs from Newcastle to Melbourne stopping on the return voyages at Sydney [11][12]

Shipwreck event

On 14 February 1868, the Abbey left Sydney for Newcastle. The following day, she ran aground three miles north of Crowdy Head, in a gale which claimed several other ships. She was insured for £800.[13] The wreck was then sold by Messrs Bradley, Newton, and Lamb for the sum of £35.[14]


  1. Shipping Intelligence, The Argus. 26 April 1860.
  2. Shipping Intelligence, The Argus. 9 October 1860.
  3. Classified Advertising, The South Australian Advertiser. 5 July 1859.
  4. Shipping Intelligence, The Argus. 29 May 1860
  5. Shipping Intelligence, The Argus. 8 May 1862.
  6. Shipping - Departures, The Brisbane Courier. 7 June 1864.
  7. Shipping - Vessels in Harbour, The Brisbane Courier. 21 June 1866.
  8. Shipping, The Brisbane Courier. 27 June 1866.
  9. Advertising, The Argus. 30 August 1866.
  10. Advertising, The Argus. 22 October 1866.
  11. Shipping Intelligence, The Argus. 20 December 1866.
  12. Shipping Intelligence, The Argus. 26 January 1867.
  13. Shipping Intelligence, The Mercury. 4 March 1868.
  14. Ship's Mails, The Sydney Morning Herald. 2 March 1868.

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