Martha (1799 ship)

Martha was constructed in Sydney in 1799. She was a sealer and merchant vessel that wrecked at Little Manly Cove in Australia in August 1800 with the loss of her crew of four.[2] Her master was William Reid (or Reed). She arrived at Port Jackson on 14 December from Bass Strait. She was carrying 1000/1300 seal skin and 30 tierces of seal oil. She then left again on 6 March 1800.[1]

Great Britain
Name: Martha
Owner: Reed, Boston, & Co.[1]
Builder: Port Jackson
Launched: 1799[1]
Fate: Wrecked August 1800
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 30½[1] (bm)
Sail plan: Schooner

On the voyage that proved her undoing, Martha was wrecked with a load of coal on her way from Reid's Mistake to Sydney.

Citations and references



  • Bateson, Charles, & Jack Kenneth Loney (1972) Australian Shipwrecks: 1622-1850. (A. H. & A. W. Reed).
  • Clune, Frank (1969) The Scottish martyrs; their trials and transportation to Botany Bay. (Sydney: Angus and Robertson)

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