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Calendar event : 12 Sept. 1816 - The brig 'Trial' was seized by convicts near the Sow and Pigs Reef in Port Jackson,

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Title12 Sept. 1816 - The brig 'Trial' was seized by convicts near the Sow and Pigs Reef in Port Jackson,
RecurrenceThis event depends on a recurrence rule
 Event is repeated20 times,on each 12 of September
Starting on Thursday 12 of September, 2013.
StartWednesday 12 of September, 2018
EndThursday 13 of September, 2018
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The brig 'Trial' was seized by convicts near the Sow and Pigs Reef in Port Jackson, New South Wales, on 12th September, 1816, when awaiting a favourable breeze to sail for Port Dalrymple, Tasmania.

The pirate sailed her northwards, and she was wrecked about 60 miles north of Port Stephens, New South Wales, in the bay which now bears the vessel's name.

It apparently was anchored off the Sow and Pigs Reef in Port Jackson, waiting for favourable winds to go on a trip down the coast to Port Dalrymple in Tasmania. It was seized by a party of some 13 convicts who had escaped from the Hyde Park Barracks. The idea of them seizing this particular ship was to escape to try and head north to the Dutch colonies in Batavia. They seized the ship and they kept the Captain and the whole of the crew on board, as well as the passengers, and there were a couple of women passengers on board, and there was also an interesting person they didn't know originally on board, was a woman called Anne Shortis, who was an escaped female convict, apparently one of the crew had smuggled her on board to try and get her to escape to Tasmania.

The convicts, led by an Irishman called Frank Parson, seized the brig and they headed north.

When the authorities realised that the brig had actually left and that they suspected the convicts were on board, they sent a government ship, the 'Rosetta' in chase with soldiers of the 46th Regiment on board. Unfortunately they couldn't find it, the brig had too much of a head start.

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