Sailing Ship Model - Brig, 'Wild Wave' Object Reg. No: ST 018129

The brig 'Wild Wave' (179 tons) was built at Guernsey in the Channel Islands in about 1854 and originally named 'China'. It was sailed to Sydney, Australia under the command of Henry Maughan in 1859 with a mixed British/Danish/Norwegian/Swedish crew. It was then used in the Australian coastal trade. It was lost on the Montebello Reef off Western Australia in November 1873 while carrying a cargo of sandalwood and mining equipment. All 27 passengers and 15 crew were saved. This 1:120 model was purchased by the Museum in 1930.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 345 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: sailing vessels, scale models, ship models
Themes this item is part of: Transport Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Wind Power - Sailing Vessels
Tertiary Classification: model brigs
Model Scale: 1:120
References: Western Australia Shipwrecks web site, accessed 29/9/2006.


Kevin Laughton Posted on 31 May 2010 8:14 AM
My grea great grandfather came to Australia on the "Stirling Castle" a Brig built in 1828 ,arriving in Feb 1836 in Sydney.
He was the ships carpenter at age 20. The captain was James Fraser.He (John Laughton) "jumped" ship in Sydney in Feb 1835. It set sail again in May 1836 but was wrecked on the swains reefs off McKay about 6 days later and they drifted onto the great sandy island (Hence called Fraser Island) also the book "the fatal Shore " also a film.
Do you have any paintings ,drawings etc of this ship as I want to make a model !!Regards kevin laughton.
Discovery Centre Posted on 01 Jun 2010 12:27 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi there, Kevin. Museum Victoria does not have any images or models of this ship, and the only image we can locate online seems to be a highly fanciful rendering. Things are made more complicated by the seeming fact that other ships with this name existed both before and after the particular Stirling Castle in question. I'm sorry that we could not be of any more assistance in this regard. Best of luck with your research, and the model.
Lennie Beattie Posted on 30 Oct 2010 12:17 PM
My partner's great great great grandfather Alfred LeRoy came from Guernsey to Australia on Wild Wave in 1954, as mate to captain Clement Day. I'm wondering whether this is the same ship? We thought he bought her from Day and became her captain though.
Discovery Centre Posted on 02 Nov 2010 9:40 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Marten A. Syme lists two ships of this name in his "Shipping Arrivals and Departures, Victorian Ports." Along with this brig there is the 143-ton brigantine that docked in Melbourne in 1853. But it's the larger vessel that was captained by Day on its 1854 voyage to Australia - and which forms the subject of this model.
Lennie Beattie Posted on 07 Nov 2010 9:10 AM
Many thanks.

Do you know what happened to her between 1954 when she first came to Australia under Clement Day and 1859 when she was skippered by Henry Maughan? I'm trying to find out whether Alfred LeRoy (mate to Day) did actually become her captain at any point - between Day and Maughan?

I'm writing a small piece about it for the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria's magazine. (David LeRoy, my partner and Alfred LeRoy's descendent, is the Race Director there).
Lennie Beattie Posted on 07 Nov 2010 9:19 AM
Also, would it be possible to use one of the images of the model to accompany the article?
Discovery Centre Posted on 09 Nov 2010 3:54 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hello again, Lennie. Syme's book is limited to Victoria Ports, and mentions only one visit of this ship in the period you mention, namely in March 1857 when it berthed at Melbourne en-route from Hong Kong to Singapore, captained by a certain A. Cheyne.

To request an image from those depicted above, please send a request to MV using the form available at the following part of the website, making sure to indicate exactly which of the images you'd like to use:
Don Armitage Posted on 29 Dec 2011 8:52 PM
Referring the Captain Clement Day, he drowned in 1865 off Ireland while master of the barque Stirlingshire owned by Scrutton and Sons of London. If you want to read about him go to my website page:
If anybody knows anything more about Clement Day, could they contact me via my website.
bev glenn Posted on 24 Jan 2012 2:00 PM
Hi Lennie, Alfred Frederick LeRoy was my Great Great Grandfather, he came out here on the "Wild Wave" as 1st mate in 1854. I am told the Ship was sold to Mr Murray of Sydney. Regards Bev
Stanley Laurence Maurer Posted on 13 Jun 2014 7:02 PM
I am also are the Great Great Grandson of John Laughton. I am 83 years old & came down from Isabella Laughton who married Samuel Watkins. My mother was Ruby Isabel May Watkins.Ruby was the eldest child of Joseph Samuel Watkins & Emma Collins.

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