Argument (ship)

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The Argument was an Australian sloop wrecked in 1809.

In March 1809, three ships, the Argument, the Experiment and the Hazard left Pittwater, New South Wales, bound for Sydney with a cargo of wheat. A squall arose and the master of the Argument, Bejamin Pate, watched as the Hazard was driven ashore and wrecked. Deciding to avoid a similar fate he attempted to run for Broken Bay but missed the entrance and struck Short Reef. Benjamin Pate, his hand, James Dicey, and a passenger, Mary Kirk, were all drowned.

The Argument was a sloop of some 8 tons, built in Sydney and registered on 8 October 1800. [1]


  1. Australian Shipwrecks - vol 1 1622-1850, Charles Bateson, AH and AW Reed, Sydney, 1972, ISBN 0 589 07112 2 p45