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The 'Cato' and the 'Porpoise' were wrecked on Wreck Reef off the coast of Queensland in 1803, on their way back to England with most of the crew from the 'Investigator'.

5th rate, 32 guns. 909 tons as built. 142½ ft x 38 ft. Built by Temple of South Shields in 1808. Broken up in 1814.

3rd rate, 74 guns. 1683 tons as built. 170 ft x 48 ft. Built by Randall of Rotherhithe in 1783. Broken up in 1813.

Colonial-built schooner, 29 tons. Turned over to Flinders for his journey back to England after his wrecking on Wreck Reef in the 'Cato'. Remained in Ile de France when Flinders was finally released. Despite many requests for its return or for compensation, the ship was never returned to Flinders, England or Australia. (In his 1809 tribute to Trim (FLI/11) Flinders refers to the 'Cumberland' by the name 'Minikin'.)

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