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Ships of the First Fleet to Australia, 1787-1788

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Ships of the First Fleet

Naval escort

The First Fleet included two Royal Navy escort ships, the ten-gun sixth-rate vessel HMS Sirius under the command of Captain John Hunter, and the armed tender HMS Supply commanded by Lieutenant Henry Lidgbird Ball.

Naval escorts (depart England 13 May 1787)
Ship Type Master Crew Dep. England Arr. Botany Bay Duration (Days)
HMS Sirius (1786)20-gun shipCaptain John Hunter20013 May 1787 from Portsmouth20 January 1788252
HMS Supply (1759)Yard craft armed tenderLieutenant Henry Lidgbird Ball5513 May 1787 from Spithead18 January 1788250

Convict transports

Convict transports (depart England 13 May 1787)
Ship Type Master Crew Marines Arrived Botany Bay Duration (days) Male convicts arrived (boarded) Female convicts arrived (boarded)
Alexander (1783) Barque Duncan Sinclair304119 January 1788 251 210 – two were pardoned none
Charlotte (1784) transport Thomas Gilbert3032 20 January 1788 252 100 24
Friendship (1784) Brig Francis Walton2542 19 January 1788 251 80 24 – to Cape of Good Hope, then t'ferred to Lady Penrhyn
Lady Penrhyn (1786) transport William Cropton Server3118 20 January 1788 252 none 101
Prince of Wales (1786)BarqueJohn Mason2945 20 January 1788 252 2 47
Scarborough (1782) transport Captain John Marshall3050 19 January 1788 251 210 none

Food and Supply Transports

Food and supply transports (depart England 13 May 1787)
Ship Type Master Crew Arr. Botany Bay Duration (days)
Golden Grove (1782) storeshipWilliam Sharp2220 January 1788 252
Fishburn storeship Robert Brown22 20 January 1788 252
Borrowdale (1785) storeship Hobson Reed22 20 January 1788 252

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