THE FIRST FLEET 1788

The following 10 pages have been transcribed from a copy of the original

Manifest of  “THE FIRST FLEET 1788” they contain the name of Ships. Officers.

Sailors. Crew. Convicts. And Provisions. Taken on the voyage to colonize Australia

 

 With the loss of her American possessions following the American Revolution of

1776 Britain sought to colonise new lands to take care of her burdensome convict

problem.  The goals and prisons were overflowing with convicted criminals.

 

It was announced in the British Parliament on January 23rd 1787 that Lord Sydney

agreed to send convicts to the new colony of New South Wales. A fleet of 11 ships transporting over1400 people (780 convicts) left Portsmouth on the13th May 1778 under the command of Captain Arthur Philip.

 

The voyage of over 15,000 miles took over 8 months for the lead ships to reach

Botany Bay eventually arriving on January 18th 1788. This site was deemed unsuitable for settlement and Port Jackson nine miles further north was chosen instead. A quiet cove with a fresh water supply nearby was the final choice for settlement and named “Sydney” The birth of the modern Australian nation can be traced to those hardy survivors of the FIRST FLEET.

                                                    THE VOYAGE

                                    Departed  PORTSMOUTH    May 13th   1787

                           Arrived   TENERIFFE            June 3rd     1787

                           Departed TENERIFFE           June 10th    1787

                           Arrived  RIO de JANIERO    Aug  7th      1787

                           Departed RIO de JANIERO  Sept 4th       1787

                           Arrived    CAPETOWN         Oct 13th      1787

                           Departed  CAPETOWN         Nov 12th    1787

                           Arrived    BOTANY BAY       Jan  18th    1788 

 

THE SHIPS

                                               

HMS SIRIUS 

HMS CHARLOTTE

HMS  ALEXANDER

HMS SCARBOROUGH      

HMS LADY PENRHYN       

HMS  FRIENDSHIP

HMS  PRINCE OF WALES       

 

 

 

SUPPLY SHIPS

 

HMS SUPPLY   

HMS GOLDEN GROVE

HMS  FISHBURN      

HMS  BORROWDALE

 

 

 

Supplementary Listing

People who arrived but no records showing which ship.

 

 

 

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