Tasmanian Seafarers' Memorial

Despatch (1826)

The plaque reads ...

'Despatch'
Colonial Government's 20 ton schooner
built at Macquarie Harbour 1825-6
maiden voyage arrived Hobart 17.2.1826
Sailed from Hobart in March 1826 with
stores to Maria Island but disappeared
in heavy gales off Cape Pillar.
Master - Samuel Rodman Chase

 

Newspaper report

 

 

 

Source: Sydney Gazette. July 26 1826.
(originally from the COLONIAL TIMES. VDL. June 23)
"By the loss of the little Government vessel which lately sailed for Maria Island, we regret to state, that a widow and a large family are deprived of a father and husband. Mr. S. Chase was the master of that vessel. He was an experienced navigator, and had been many years in the maritime service in these Colonies. We therefore trust that the Government may afford some relief to his disconsolate wife and orphan children, as they are left wholly unprovided for."