Malay (1818 ship)

Malay was launched in Greenock in 1818. She sailed between Greenock and either North America or the West Indies. She was wrecked in November 1831.

United Kingdom
BuilderJohn Scott & Sons, Greenock
Launched3 September 1818
FateWrecked 1 November 1831
General characteristics [1]
Tons burthen215 (bm)
Length87 ft 2 in (26.6 m)
Beam23 ft 10 in (7.3 m)


Malay first appeared in Lloyd's Register (LR) in 1818.[2]

At 3am on 23 May 1819 a fire broke out on Malay as she had begun a voyage from Greenock to Jamaica, but her crew was able to work her into the Greenock Roads. Within three hours they were able to put out the fire, which had run along the deck. The water used to put out the fire badly damaged her cargo.[3]

Year Master Owner Trade Source & notes
1818 Young R[oger] Sinclair Greenock–Saint Johns LR
1820 Young
R.Sinclair Greenock–Jamaica LR
1824 D[avid] Neill Clothers Greenock–Jamaica LR
1828 D.Neill J.Neill & Co. Greenock–Demerara LR
1831 Coverdale J.Laing Greenock-Quebec LR; good repair 1830

In January 1826 Malay was able to provide assistance to Brailsford, which had become waterlogged while sailing from Quebec to Cork.

In 1830 Malay brought 261 settlers to Canada from Tobermory. On 28 August she delivered 211 to Sydney, Nova Scotia; then on 10 September she reached Quebec City, where she delivered 50 more.


Malay was lost on 1 November 1831 on Basque Island 45°34′48″N 60°39′00″W / 45.580°N 60.650°W / 45.580; -60.650, "below Green Island". She was on a voyage from Liverpool to Quebec City. Her crew was saved. Her whole cargo was expected to be saved, but in a very damaged state.[4]


  1. ^ Scottish Built SHIPS: Malay.
  2. ^ LR (1818) Supple.pages "M", Seq.No.M118.
  3. ^ "The Marine List". Lloyd's List (5390). 25 May 1819.
  4. ^ "Ship News". The Times. No. 14731. London. 26 December 1831. col C, p. 3.