HMS Reliance (1793)

HMS Reliance was a discovery vessel of the Royal Navy. She became famous as one of the ships with the early explorations of the Australian coast and other the southern Pacific islands.

United Kingdom
Name: HMS Reliance
Launched: South Shields
Acquired: December 1793
Fate: Sold on 12 October 1815
General characteristics
Class and type: Discovery vessel
Tons burthen: 394 long tons (400 t)
Length: 90 ft (27 m)
Beam: 30 ft (9.1 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Complement: 59

Commanded by Henry Waterhouse, she sailed to New South Wales, arriving in Sydney on 7 September 1795. Among her crew and passengers were Matthew Flinders as midshipman, George Bass as the ship's doctor, the new Governor John Hunter, and the Aboriginal Bennelong. She later returned to Sydney, arriving on 26 June 1797 from the Cape of Good Hope, carrying stores ordered by Governor Hunter and merino sheep imported by John Macarthur.

Reliance was the first ship to chart the Antipodes Islands, in March 1800. Reliance was relegated to harbour service that year, surviving for another 15 years before being sold on 12 October 1815.

See also


  • "Vessels: Reliance". The Flinders Papers. National Maritime Museum. Archived from the original on 4 August 2007. Retrieved 23 February 2009.
  • Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8.
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