On October 5th 1829, the schooner “Mermaid” sailed from Sydney, Australia, but sank in a tremendous storm on the fifth day out from port.
All hands survived, and were rescued off a rock by the “Swiftsure”, which was then dashed on rocks five days later.
The “Governor Ready” rescued both crews, but caught fire and was abandoned.
Everyone was rescued by the “Comet” which sank five days later, and all hands were rescued by the “Jupiter”, which struck a reef two days later.
Everyone was rescued by the “City of Leeds”. On board was one Sarah Richley, sailing from England in search for her lost son.
‘By chance’ her son was one of the crew on the “Mermaid”.