Australia (schooner)

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United StatesUnited States
Completed: 1862
In service: 1862
Out of service: 1962
Status: Museum ship
General characteristics
Length: 70 ft 7 in (21.51 m)
Sail plan: Schooner

Australia is a coasting schooner located at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut, United States. Australia was built in 1862 in Great South Bay, Long Island, New York and was originally named Alma. Australia was designed to carry freight and to be able to traverse shallow water. Australia was used as a blockade runner during the American Civil War until she was captured by Union warships and sold at auction. Mystic Seaport acquired her in 1951 for use as a training vessel. In 1962 Australia was hauled out for restoration but damage to the hull was deemed too extensive and the vessel was permanently beached. Australia is now housed in a shed and used as an exhibit on ship construction.

Around December 28, 1874 "Henry Evans, sailor of schr Australia, crashed to death between the tug and vessel at Muskegon." in Michigan. [1]

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  1. ^ "Australia - Coasting Schooner". Mystic Seaport. Archived from the original on 14 July 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2008. 

Coordinates: 41°21′45″N 71°57′55″W / 41.36250°N 71.96528°W / 41.36250; -71.96528