COURIER

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COURIER

Years Active: 1842-1854
Vessel Type: 3-masted Barque
Barque
Nationality: American
Wrecked after being caught in a long and vicious snowstorm in April 1854 whilst ‘outside’ Bull Point, the south east tip of East Falkland.

Main Use:

Cargo

Years Active:

1842-1854

Power:

Sail

Built:

1842

Size:

400 Net tons

(length, breadth, depth) metres

Design/Build:

Donald McKay at Newberryport, Massachusetts, USA. His first design.
Main Use: Cargo
Built: 1842
Power: Sail
Design/Build: Donald McKay at Newberryport, Massachusetts, USA. His first design.
Size: 400 Net tons
COURIER, with Captain F. L. Bernsee in charge, was 80 days out from San Francisco, California, USA, bound for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when she was caught in the snowstorm and wrecked on 1st April 1854. Her captain and crew managed to escape and upon reaching the shore, set out to find inhabitants. One party, under the second mate, went by boat along the shore, and coming across a small sealing cutter were directed to Stanley, where they found American Consul W. H. Smyley who went to the wreck in the Brigantine VENTURE. Before leaving Bull Point, Captain Bernsee, on the Consul’s advice, sold the COURIER wreck at public auction, to the parties who had come in search of him. This sale was illegal as the Captain did not have an auction licence, for which he was sentenced to £100 fine or six months in goal. Captain Bernsee chose gaol. This prompted a visit by USS GERMANTOWN, but in the Captain had already been released and left the Falklands.
COURIER, with Captain F. L. Bernsee in charge, was 80 days out from San Francisco, California, USA, bound for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when she was caught in the snowstorm and wrecked on 1st April 1854. Her captain and crew managed to escape and upon reaching the shore, set out to find inhabitants. One party, under the second mate, went by boat along the shore, and coming across a small sealing cutter were directed to Stanley, where they found American Consul W. H. Smyley who went to the wreck in the Brigantine VENTURE. Before leaving Bull Point, Captain Bernsee, on the Consul’s advice, sold the COURIER wreck at public auction, to the parties who had come in search of him. This sale was illegal as the Captain did not have an auction licence, for which he was sentenced to £100 fine or six months in goal. Captain Bernsee chose gaol. This prompted a visit by USS GERMANTOWN, but in the Captain had already been released and left the Falklands.

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