Friday, April 10, 2009

HMS Mermaid, Survey Cutter (1825)

Date of Issue: August 19, 1967
Scott #: 105

HMS Mermaid, a survey cutter, bought in 1817 and Captain Philip Parker King commanded it for several years who improvized the maps of the island by Capt. James Cook and Flinders.

Following the re-opening of the penal settlement on Norfolk Island in 1825 the Mermaid was used to carry part of the first contingent of convicts and guards from Sydney.

She was wrecked in Torres Strait in 1829.

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