Wednesday, April 8, 2009

HMS Sirius (1790)

Date of Issue: April 17, 1967
Scott #: 103

Originally a merchant ship named Berwick built on 1780 for Baltic trade. After being burnt in a fire, she was bought and rebuilt by the Royal Navy in 1786 and renamed Sirius. She sailed under the command of Captain John Hunter.

Sirius left Portsmouth on 13 May 1787, and arrived at Port Jackson on 26 January 1788. On 19 March 1790 Sirius was wrecked on the reef at Norfolk Island.

A Sirius anchor was retrieved from the wreck site and is now mounted in the Pier Museum, Kingston, on Norfolk Island. Another anchor, as well as a cannon recovered from the surf-smashed vessel, is on display in Macquarie Place, Sydney. Other Sirius artefacts can be viewed at the Sydney Maritime Museum.

Source: Wikipedia

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