The Brothers (ship)

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The Brothers was a 40 ton schooner wrecked in Bass Strait, Tasmania in 1816. It was under the command of Captain William Hilton Hovell. On 25 June 1816 the ship was anchored near the Kent Group in Bass Strait in an easterly gale when the cables broke and it was driven onto shore. The cargo of twenty tons of salt and 800 bushels of wheat were lost overboard. One seaman, Daniel Wheeler, was drowned. For ten weeks the survivors lived on wheat washed ashore and whatever else they could scavenge until they were rescued by the brig, Spring under the command of Captain Bunster. The survivors arrived in Sydney on 6 September 1816.[1]


  1. Australian Shipwrecks - vol 1 1622-1850, Charles Bateson, AH and AW Reed, Sydney, 1972, ISBN 0 589 07112 2, p. 54