Compass gimbal

Production date
Pre 13 Jun 1829
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Collected in 2009 from the site of the HMCS Mermaid wreck.
Classification
CH classification MARITIME TECHNOLOGY
Production date
Pre 13 Jun 1829
Production place
Measurements
Dia. 23.5cm, W. 2cm
Media/Materials description
Copper alloy
History and use
His Majesties Colonial Schooner HMCS Mermaid was an Indian built vessel of 21 metres length. It was in use in Australia in the 1820's, and circumnavigated the continent on a voyage of exploration under the command of Captain Philip Parker King. It was later directly involved in the establishment of new colonies at Port Macquarie, Norfolk Island and Moreton Bay.

On May 10th 1829 the Mermaid set sail from Sydney with supplies for Port Raffles in the Northern Territory, under the command of Samuel Nolbrow. On June 13, 1829, the Mermaid struck Flora Reef, 13 kms East of the Frankland Islands, broke up and sank. The crew spent 11 days in lifeboats before rescue.

The site of the wreck was unconfirmed until discovered on Jan 6th 2009 by an expedition from the Australian National Maritime Museum, in collaboration with the Silent World Foundation together with scientists from James Cook University and the Museum of Tropical Queensland.
Registration number
MA9932

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