Nancy (1803 ship)

Nancy was a sloop launched in 1803 and wrecked on 18 April 1805 near Jervis Bay, Australia.

Name: Nancy
Port of registry:  UK, Sydney
Builder: Kable & Co, Hawkesbury River, New South Wales[1]
Launched: 1803
Fate: Wrecked south of Jervis Bay, 18 April 1805[1]
General characteristics
Type: sloop[1]
Tonnage: 20 GRT[2]

Nancy was a sloop of some 20 tons constructed on the Hawkesbury River, New South Wales by Kable & Co. It arrived in Sydney on its maiden voyage on 17 October 1803. On 18 April 1805, Nancy commanded by Captain Demaria was just off Jervis Bay when a violent squall hit the area. Nancy's mainsail split and the ship could make no leeway. Everything on board was washed overboard and then the ship struck a small sandy beach between two headlands. The ship promptly broke up with one crew member, Richard Wall, from Exeter, drowning. The remaining crew walked to Sydney, arriving on 1 May 1805.[1][3]


  1. Australian Shipwrecks - vol1 1622-1850, Charles Bateson, AH and AW Reed, Sydney, 1972, ISBN 0-589-07112-2 p39
  2. "View Shipwreck - Nancy". Australian National Shipwreck Database. Department of the Environment (Australia). Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  3. "LOSS of the NANCY". The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842). NSW: National Library of Australia. 5 May 1805. p. 2. Retrieved 23 March 2014.

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