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Walter Bolger (1809–1839)

The Tigress brings news of the total loss of the whaling brig Micmac, Captain Bolger, the property of Mr. John Jones of Sydney. The following is an extract from the Nimrod's log, which vessel was spoken by the Tigress:–"Wind E.S.E. to East. Nimrod, 8th July, 18.30, a.m.; blowing strong at daylight, stood to the W.S.W. At 10 saw the S.E. end of Bond's Reefs, bearing S. W., distant 12 miles, at 11.30 discovered a wreck, with nothing but her bowsprit standing and jibboom hanging in the cap, and on the S.E. point of the reef. Sent two boats to see what vessel it was; she proved to be the Micmac, of Sydney, with her lower masts lying across the deck, the mainmast gone eight feet above the deck. She had washed through the heaviest of the reef, and was lying in two feet water, supposed to be low water. She appeared to have been lying with the sea washing over her for some time before she got through the reef; everything was gone from the decks, except the windlass and cook's copper, the bulwark gone from the starboard quarter to the fore rigging, the after starboard quarter boat's davit was standing, and all the rest gone. The rudder was gone by the dumb pentle, the upper part remaining in its place. All the spars, excepting the lower masts, bowsprit and jibboom, being gone, and not so much as a boat's mast, oar, or small spur of any description to be seen, causes a supposition that the crew had taken to a raft, but there not being a memorandum of any description left, no idea could be formed as to what route they had taken. The vessel did not appeal to be bilged, but the copper and part of the sheathing were gone from the starboard side. The cables, sails lines, flukeropes, sails, provisions and what she had in her hold seemed not to have started. One iron knee in her between-deck was wrenched from the beam. At sunset Surprise Island bore N.N.E., distant about 18 miles. At midnight a strong wind and heavy sea. "

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6 January, 1809
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


August, 1839 (aged 30)
at sea

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