107 ton length 80.2ft beam 21ft depth 11.5ft It had one deck, two masts, a square stern, male bust figurehead and no galleries
Maritime archaeologists and volunteers under the archaeological direction of the Department of Maritime Archaeology carried out four seasons of excavation on the wreck site between 1974 and 1976. Preservation conditions were good on the site and a significant amount of the hull and cargo remained. While research into the ship’s rigging and cordage has been published, most of the research and publication has concentrated on the hull, as an important representative of the slave trade. Recently the wreck has been the subject of an in-situ preservation study designed to ameliorate the effects of sand movement around the remains. This work has been carried out with staff from the Department of Materials Conservation.
France registered at the Port of London.
Cockburn Sound, Woodmans Point
The James Matthews left London for Fremantle on 28 March 1841 with a cargo of 7 000 slates, farming implements, general cargo, 3 passengers and a crew of 15. The vessel struck rocks after parting its anchor warp, and sank on 23 July 1841. One of the passengers, Henry de Burgh, left a comprehensive diary covering the voyage to Australia and his later experiences on the land. Much of the cargo belonged to de Burgh, who had been involved in the organization of the enterprise in England and had an interest in the vessel.
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