The Ships

The Enterprise (1827)

  • Two-masted schooner of approximately 40 tons.
  • ‘Timbers of the Puriri and Rata trees, and planked with the Kauri’ (Polack 1838:194).
  • Maiden voyage to Sydney 18th September 1827. ‘Lading, pork, flax, and potatoes’ (Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser 12 October 1827, p. 2).
  • Sailed under a pass issued by the Governor of New South Wales.
  • Sunk  3rd May 1828 with  the loss of all passengers and crew.

The New Zealander (1828)

  • Brig?, brigantine?, schooner?,  of 142 tons;  70 ft in length x 22’6‘ ft beam x 11’11‘ ft draft.
  • Timbers of the Puriri and Rata trees, and planked with the Kauri’ (Polack 1838:195).
  • Held the record for the fastest trans-Tasman crossing.
  • Seized by customs for non-compliance.
  • Sunk in 1836 off the Mahia Peninsula.

The Sir George Murray (1830)

  • Three masted ship of 400 tons, 109 ft in length and 28 ft 8 in breadth
  • Arrived into Sydney on 23rd November 1830 with a crew of 23
  • Seized for a breach of British Navigation Laws, in sailing without a Register.