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Perseverance, Voyage to New South Wales 1824

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The 'Perseverance' referenced by associated profiles may have been either the colonial brig Perseverance, or the whaling ship Perseverance. In either case, the categorisation as an 'immigrant ship' is possibly generous if not incorrect.

The Colonial Brig Perseverance

This vessel was owned by Robert Campbell, a noted Sydney merchant of the time. Campbell launched his first ship the Perseverance, a 136 ton brig, at the site of Australia's first shipbuilding yards in 1807.

In 1810, the Perseverance was fitted out for a trip to the southern oceans on which the ships Captain Frederick Hasselborough discovered two new sealing grounds, Campbell Island which he named after his employer, and Macquarie Island, named after the Governor of New South Wales at the time.

Sadly on his return voyage to Campbell Island, Captain Hasselborough, drowned when his jollyboat capsized in Perseverance Harbour, Campbell Island, 4th November 1810.

The last voyage of the Perseverance began on the 7th September 1828, when she departed Sydney headed to New Zealand. In October 1828 she was wrecked on Campbell Island. The Perseverance, was employed in the Southern New Zealand trade the whole of her career, with the exception of a short period when used as a hulk at Sydney.

The Whaling Ship Perseverance

The Perseverance (or Perserverance) was launched on the Thames in 1801. She then spent her entire career of 16 voyages as a whaler. Early in her career a French privateer captured her, but the British Royal Navy quickly recaptured her. Perseverance would herself later capture a vessel too. She was broken up in 1841.

The Perseverance seems to have sailed the Pacific on several voyages between 1821 and 1827 and was certainly bound for Sydney from Mauritius in early 1824.[1]


  1. The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842) Thu 29 Apr 1824 Page 2

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