Mr Cunningham has a narrow escape at Cygnet Bay

9th February 1822

On this day, 9th February 1822, Mr Cunningham had a narrow escape.

Robert Heward wrote: While in Cygnet Bay, Mr Cunningham had a narrow escape off a point that bears his name: he had gone with an officer [Midshipman John Septimus Roe] in the second cutter, in hopes of landing and adding something to his collections, when a gale sprung up that nearly swamped their small vessel, and they had great difficulty in rejoining the “Bathurst”, whose cable had parted during the gale. ((Source: Robert Heward’s Biographical Sketch of Allan Cunningham))