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Minerva (1864)

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The Minerva was a ship that was presumed wrecked on Enderby Island in the Auckland Islands on 10 May 1864.

James Teer, a survivor of the shipwreck of the General Grant recorded that in April 1867 the survivors found a stave on the mainland on a point inside Enderby Island. On the stave was written in charcoal Minerva - 4 men, 1 officer - Leith - May 10th, 1864 - March 25th, 1865. Teer notes from the relative position of the words, our impression was, that the word Leith had reference to the man or men, and not to the Minerva.[1]

There were two ships named Minerva in the vicinity in 1863. One was an 221 ton American whaling barque, under Captain Pennyman from New Bedford, operating in these waters in 1863.[2][3] The other ship, an 829 ton barque, under Captain Merryman, sailed from London to Sydney in 1863.[4][5] Merryman's barque sailed to New Zealand from time to time.[6] By 1864 Merryman's ship was sailing between London and Fernando Po.[7] In late 1864 Pennyman's boat was sailing for the Arctic.[8] Neither appear to be likely candidates. The Invercould was wrecked in the Auckland Islands on 10 May 1864 and its survivors were rescued on 20 May 1865.[9]

Citatons[edit]

  1. "Wreck of the General Grant at the Auckland Islands, 18 Months Ago". Southland Times (882). 15 January 1868. p. 2. Retrieved 11 July 2010.
  2. Shipping intelligence, Otago Daily Times, 21 January 1863, Page 4
  3. Maritime Record, New Zealander, 3 April 1863, Page 2
  4. Australian Telegrams - Melbourne 11 February, Daily Southern Cross, 27 February 1863, Page 5
  5. Lloyd's Register of Shipping: Register book. Register of ships, 1862
  6. Testimonial to Captain Merryman, Wellington Independent, 15 July 1859, Page 3
  7. Lloyd's Register of Shipping: Register book. Register of ships, 1866
  8. Petticoat Whalers: Whaling Wives at Sea, 1820-1920, Joan Druett, Ron Druett, UPNE, 2001, page 158, ISBN 1584651598 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png., 9781584651598
  9. "Loss of the Invercauld - Twelve Months on a Desert Island". Otago Witness, Issue 726, Page 15. 28 October 1865. Retrieved 28 March 2010.


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