FIRST FLEET SHIPS

THE SHIPS OF THE FIRST FLEET, 1788


"BORROWDALE" was one of the three storeships.

The "ALEXANDER" was the largest of the transport ships.

Paintings by Dennis Adams.


"PRINCE OF WALES" leaving Portsmouth.

"LADY PENRHYN" sailed with 101 female convicts.

Paintings by Phil Belbin.


"SCARBOROUGH" sailed in both First and Second Fleets.

"FRIENDSHIP" carried 76 male and 21 female convicts.

Paintings by Tony Crago.


"GOLDEN GROVE" was one of the First Fleet storeships.

"CHARLOTTE" carried 88 male and 20 female convicts.

Paintings by Tony Crago and Peter Anderson.


"SUPPLY" the smallest vessel, arrived first.

"FISHBURN" one of the three storeships.

Paintings by Peter Anderson.


The "SIRIUS" was the flagship of the First Fleet, built in 1780 as a merchant vessel. Bought by the Navy and refitted in 1781, it was finally lost at Norfolk Island in 1791. Our Ellen Wainwright, who had arrived on "PRINCE OF WALES", was on the "SIRIUS" when it was wrecked. Its Captain, John Hunter (1793) said of his human cargo, "....the convicts (were) some of the worst characters ever sent out from Great Britain."

Painting by Salvatore Zofrea.


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