The Governor of NSW, CAPT John Hunter, RN, appointed Thomas Moore Master Boat Builder of His Majesty’s Dockyard at Sydney.
On This Day
A new form of signalling called semaphore was introduced into the RN.
The system was devised by the Reverend Lord George Murray.
Philip Parker King, (son of Governor Phillip Gidley King, RN), was born on Norfolk Island. He was the first Australian to reach flag rank in the RN.
The first boat built in the colony of NSW, the ROSEHILL PACKET, was launched in Sydney Cove.
The boat builder was R. R. Read, the ship’s carpenter of HMS SIRIUS.
HMS SIRIUS landed a party on Garden Island, Sydney, to prepare a ship’s garden.
Three sets of initials, ‘FM’, ‘IR’, and ‘WB’, were carved on a rock on the northern hill.
These are now the oldest marks extant made by white men in Australia.