Shipwreck Databases Western Australian Museum

Lively (c. 1806–07)

Mermaid Reef, Rowley Shoals

Built as La Duchesse d’Aiguillon for Claude Fichet, for Newfoundland cod fishery. 3 masts, 2 decks, square stern, quarterdeck, no gallery, carved knee head. Renamed Abeille in 1793 and aken into service of the Revolutionary Government as a Transport at start of War w/Britain. Captured by HMS Hebe in 1795 off Cape Fréhel. Sold to Daniel Bennett in 1798. Fitted out as a whaler.
Iron bolts and knees; copper sheathed over boards; white oak frames.
Previously Rowley Shoals Unidentified.

Ship Built

Owner Daniel Bennett

Master Joseph Whiteus/Whitehouse/Whittens/

Builder Not known

Country Built France

Port Built Solidor, Saint-Malo

Port Registered London

When Built 1765

Ship Lost

Gouped Region North-West

When Lost c. 1806–07

Where Lost Mermaid Reef, Rowley Shoals

Latitude -17.0896833333

Longitude 119.5915

Position Information CALM18/10/97 WGS84

Port From London

Port To Southern Fishery, New Holland

Ship Details

Engine N

Length 27.40

Beam 7.80

TONA 240.00

Draft 4.27

Museum Reference

Unique Number 1356

Sunk Code Wrecked and sunk

File Number 2009/0153/SG _MA-7/80

Chart Number AUS 325

Protected Protected Federal

Found Y

Inspected Y

Date Inspected 1981

Confidential NO