Hope (1802 ship)

Hope was a small ship launched in 1802. She wrecked at Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia in 1817.

Name: Hope
Builder: Andrew Thompson, Hawkesbury
Launched: 1802
Fate: Wrecked in 1817 at Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia[1]
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 16[1] (bm)
Sail plan: Sloop
Complement: 2[1]

Hope was registered on 18 October 1802. At that time her owner (and builder) Andrew Thompson generally employed her on the Hawkesbury. On 28 February 1804 she was described as operating in the Bass Strait. Thompson died on 22 October 1810.


At the time of Hope's loss her owner was Solomon Wiseman.

The crew of two, Benjamin Waterhouse (previously mate of HMS Lady Nelson, and James Cohen dropped anchor and rowed ashore to prospect for cedar. They did not return to their ship, with the presumption that they had been murdered by aborigines. The ship was subsequently blown ashore and wrecked.[1]


  1. Bateson (1972), p. 57.


  • Charles Bateson (1972). Australian Shipwrecks - vol 1 1622-1850. Sydney: AH and AW Reed. ISBN 0-589-07112-2.

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