Courtesy of Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales | Licence: Out of copyright
Courtesy of Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales | Licence: Out of copyright

Item 01: The perilous situation of The Guardian Frigate as she appeared striking on the rocks of ice - with the departure of the crew - and the wonderful intrepidity of the Commander Lieutenant Riou / [possibly by Robert Dighton]

ca. 1790

Possibly by Robert Dighton

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Title

Item 01: The perilous situation of The Guardian Frigate as she appeared striking on the rocks of ice - with the departure of the crew - and the wonderful intrepidity of the Commander Lieutenant Riou / [possibly by Robert Dighton]

Date

ca. 1790

Artist

Possibly by Robert Dighton

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Location

Southern Ocean

Continent

Location Accuracy

Unknown

Tww Comment

HMS Guardian set sail from England for Australia in September 1789 carrying convicts and urgently needed supplies for the new settlement at Sydney Cove. After stopping at the Cape of Good Hope to take on more provisions, the crew sailed south and came across a large iceberg. On Christmas Eve, Captain Riou gave the order to collect some ice to replenish their water supplies, but the ship was seriously damaged when it attempted to navigate away. Riou saved the vessel, but only just, and had to return to the Cape to regroup. Many months passed before the surviving cargo made it to Australia.

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Image Credit

Courtesy of Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

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