[Editor: This brief untitled news item, about the return journey of the crew of the wrecked ship HMS Sirius, is an extract from the “Postscript: London” section published in the The London Chronicle (London, England), 31 March 1792.]
[The crew of the late Syrius]
The crew of the late Syrius, a frigate of 28 guns, lost in her voyage to Botany Bay, touched at St. Helena in February, in the Waaksamheyett, a Dutch vessel, after having endured severe hardships from the length of the voyage. They received infinite attention, as well as relief, from the Governor.
The London Chronicle (London, England), vol. LXXI no. 5558, 29-31 March 1792 [“From Thursday, March 29, to Saturday, March 31, 1792”], p. 312 (8th page of that issue), column 2 [scan #318]
“Syrius” should read “Sirius”; “Waaksamheyett” should read “Waaksamheyd”.
Botany Bay = a bay located to the south of the City of Sydney (New South Wales), located in the south-eastern section of Sydney’s greater metropolitan area; it was discovered in 1770 by the English explorer James Cook (1728-1779); Botany Bay was intended as the location for the first British settlement in Australia, but Governor Arthur Phillip (1738-1814) decided that the area was unsuitable, and instead founded the settlement further north, in Sydney Cove (in Sydney Harbour, Port Jackson, New South Wales), but, despite the change of location, the settlement was often referred to as “Botany Bay” for many years
See: “Botany Bay”, Wikipedia
Sirius = a British ship, which was used as the flagship of the First Fleet (1787-1788); in 1790, the ship was wrecked on the reef off the coast of Norfolk Island
See: “HMS Sirius (1786)”, Wikipedia
Waaksamheyd = a Dutch ship, which was chartered to transport supplies to the British colony in New South Wales
See: “Waaksamheyd (ship)”, Wikipedia