The Australian A COMMERCIAL, POLITICAL AND LITERARY JOURNAL 7 January 1831 DISASTER AT SEA! FLEET DAMAGED! Flagship I.N.N Darling sinking in the storm, one of many ships that were sunk or damaged Last Thursday the Imperial Fleet was badly damaged in the storm, with the flagship I.N.N Darling sunk. During a routine exercise off the coast of Sydney a vicious storm unexpectedly developed. It is uncertain exactly how many of the ships can be salvaged from the storm, but it is rumoured that a large portion of this years budget will be devoted to rebuilding the fleet. By the time we knew what was happening, it was too late. said Captain William Barret, captain of the I.N.N Independence, the second largest ship in the fleet. The storm seemed to have come out of nowhere. We were lucky, our ship was at the edge of the storm and we were able to escape, but not many others did. I give my condolences to Griggs families and the families of those who were not as lucky as I. According to the Captain the I.N.N Darling was hit directly by a bolt of lightning and that no one could have gotten out of it alive. An official announcement from the Imperial Navy has confirmed that Admiral James Griggs, who was commanding the I.N.N Darling, was amongst the deceased. It is expected that Captain Barret will become Griggs replacement as Admiral. Rumours have been circulating that the storm was supernatural punishment for the mass-renaming ceremony of the formerly that took place as part of New Years Eve celebrations. Darlings angered the seas, said a fisherman who refused to be named He should have never renamed those ships, that storm is punishment for his arrogance. His whole navy is cursed and this country along with it. These rumours are merely superstitious nonsense. said Imperial Governor Ralph Darling, There are no Gods of the Sea who we have angered, there is only our Lord Jesus Christ and he cares not for what we mortals name our ships. Anyone caught spreading these rumours will be arrested for attempting to demoralize our nation. A state funeral will be held for Admiral Griggs and the many men who lost their lives in the storm. REBELS DEFEATED IN NEW ZEALAND BY NATIVES! The Battle of the North Island, the bloodiest battle in the brief Rebel-Native conflict The short lived Rebellion of New Zealand fell just before New Years Eve. New Zealand tribesmen attacked the largest rebel encampment in what is known as "The Battle of the North Island". The Natives attacked during the New Years celebrations, catching the rebels off guard. The colony was raised to the ground and most of the rebels were killed in the bloody battle, including rebel leader William Hobson. Disturbingly, reports from refugees indicate that the Natives have seized a large amount of guns and artillery. This may hurt the effort to retake New Zealand. The rebels had what was coming for them, said General John Hurley, leader of the Imperial Army And those godless savages are just that, savages. I doubt they even know how to use guns! Regardless of this confidence, reports have indicated that the Imperial Army may be delaying other military engagements, such as the liberation of Indonesia, due to this new development and that more resources have been invested into the campaign. RIOTS IN SYDNEY! PROTESTERS DISTURB PEACE! Policemen pacify the rioters and restore order to the city Protesters rioted in the Sydney streets today, requiring the police to intervene and restore order. The protesters was led by the infamous William Charles Wentworth, former owner of The Australian. Mr Wentworth was arrested for Sowing Discontent for publishing a large amount of unfounded accusations against the Imperial Government in The Australian, causing Wentworths share in the newspaper to be transferred to the other founder, Dr. Wardell. Darling is a fool and a tyrant, the people demand freedom from his draconian policies. Mr. Wentworth reportedly said during the riot. The rioters shouted various anti-government phrases, then they attacked and looted a shopfront, causing the police to be called in. This rabble just want to cause disharmony within our glorious nation. said Imperial Governor Ralph Darling We should not let these god-forsaken traitors disrupt the harmony in our beloved nation. The captured rioters will be put to trial on Wednesday. Wentworth remains at large.