Recovery (ship)

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The Recovery was a ship that was wrecked near Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia in 1816.

The Recovery was a sloop of 14 tons, owned by George Hibbs of Sydney. In early June 1816 it headed from the Hawkesbury to Port Jackson with a cargo of grain. A storm came up and the Recovery was blown out to sea. On turning the ship around it was wrecked near Port Stephens. The crew of two men and a woman passenger struggled ashore and walked a distance of 50 miles to Newcastle. On the way they were stripped of all their clothes by some aborigines. At Newcastle they were given passage to Sydney on the sloop, Windsor which was also wrecked.[1]


  1. Australian Shipwrecks - vol 1 1622-1850, Charles Bateson, AH and AW Reed, Sydney, 1972, ISBN 0 589 07112 2 p53