Mr Cunningham accompanies Phillip Parker King on his fourth coastal survey of the Australian Coast

26th May 1821

On this day, 26th May 1821, Allan Cunningham, after various delays, departed Port Jackson on HMS Bathurst under the command of Phillip Parker King and in company with another ship, the Dick. ((Source: Robert Heward’s Biographical Sketch of Allan Cunningham, page 268))

(Prior to the 1821 voyage, HMS Mermaid, commanded by Phillip Parker King, had been used for four major coastal survey voyages; three circumnavigating Australia’s mainland and one around Tasmania.  HMS Mermaid was replaced by the much larger HMS Bathurst, in March 1821, because it had become a wreck and was condemned.)