Governor King (ship)

Governor King was a 38-ton schooner built in 1803 by James Underwood, Sydney, Australia and was wrecked in April 1806.

Namesake: Governor Philip Gidley King
Owner: Henry Kable & James Underwood
Builder: Kable & Underwood
Launched: 1803
Fate: Wrecked on 22 April 1806
General characteristics
Type: Schooner
Displacement: 38 tons
Propulsion: Sail

Governor King was launched in May 1803 by James Underwood, for Kable and Underwood.[1]

On 20 April 1806 Governor King arrived off Port Jackson from Norfolk Island.[2] 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.[3][4][5]


  1. "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.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  2. "SHIP NEWS". The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser. IV (161). 13 April 1806. p. 2 via National Library of Australia.
  3. Australian Shipwrecks - vol1 1622-1850, Charles Bateson, AH and AW Reed, Sydney, 1972, ISBN 0-589-07112-2 p41
  4. "View Shipwreck - Governor King". Australian National Shipwreck Database. Aust Govt.
  5. "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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