Aeolus was a wooden ketch built in 1850 at Pyrmont, New South Wales, Australia, that was wrecked when her anchors parted while she carried timber to Sydney, New South Wales, under the command of Captain R. Taylor and was lost at Hole in the Wall, Jervis Bay, New South Wales, on 24 October 1867. The wreck has not been located, but its approximate position is 35.134648°S 150.745874°E.
|Port of registry:||Sydney|
|Ship registration number:||23/1854|
|Ship official number:||41095|
|Builder:||T Chowne Sydney Harbour, Pyrmont, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA|
|Ship primary use:||Transport|
|Ship passenger capacity:||Unknown|
The Æolus in December 1851, while on a journey from "FEEJEE ISLANDS" with W Cocks as the master, assisted along with the whaler Jane in taking off survivors from the wreck of the Tyrian, which on 24 November 1851 had struck Elizabeth Reef in the early hours. The Tyrian had been carrying 46 passengers and crew. The Æolus returned to Sydney with her master and her crew of 7, as well as 2 cabin passengers, 3 steerage passengers from the islands, and 4 passengers and 3 crew from the Tyrian
By 1854 she had taken up trade in the Shoalhaven whilst still continuing her northward trips.
By 1858 she was also starting to carry coal from the Newcastle, New South Wales coal fields.
In August 1864 John McAveny, then master of the ketch Æolus, was sued by both Thomas Maneon and Nathan Clements, members of the crew, for a balance of wages. The court ordered the sum of £1, due to Maneon for services as a seaman on board the vessel. Clements obtained back pay to the sum of £2 15s 4d due to him for wages as a seaman.
The Æolus left Jervis Bay for Sydney on the 23rd with a SW wind, then put back in and brought anchors up in Darling Roads at 6 am the same day. During the afternoon the wind blew in heavy squalls from the WNW to WSW, and at about 3pm on the 24th she parted her anchors and went ashore at the farmer's port Hole in the Wall. No lives were lost.
On the 25th the vessel was lying on her broadside full of water, a total wreck. The crew proceeded to unrig the vessel and at midnight left in the ketch Dauntless and arrived in Sydney at 4pm on the 26th.
The Colonial-built ketch Æolus, while stranded in Jervis Bay, was put up for sale by auction, by BRADLEY, NEWTON, and LAMB. The ketch Æolus was described as:
- The Sydney Morning Herald Friday 13 December 1850
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- The Sydney Morning Herald Thursday 31 October 1867
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