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First Fleet Ships

The Eleven Ships

Alexander, weighing in at 452 tons, 114 ft long and 31 ft at the beam, the Alexander was commanded by Master Duncan Sinclair. She carried 192 male convicts and was the largest ship in the fleet.  Continue Reading »

Golden Grove

  Built in Whitby in 1780, Golden Grove was one of the three store-ships that were owned by Leighton.  She weighed 331 tons, with 5’6” height between decks afore, 5’5” midships and 5”1” Continue Reading »

HMS Lady Nelson

The Lady Nelson story is one of courage and devotion, this small 60 ton brig carried out her duty, with all the vigour of a much larger sea faring vessel, in her twenty-five years of service in the Continue Reading »

Stories

Mary Fowles

Ann Fowles was indicated for feloniously stealing clothing on the 11 March 1785.  Tried at the Old Bailey on 6 April, and found guilty, Ann received a sentence of seven years transportation.  From the Old Bailey, Ann was held over in Newgate Prison for nearly two years, and it is presumed, her 2 year oldContinue Reading »

Elizabeth Clark

and Ann Beardsley were the only two female convicts tried at the Derby Assizes. Elizabeth being 19 at the time of her time trial, was possibly the daughter of Humphrey and Mary Clark whose baptism was registered at Scopton, Derbyshire, in August 1766. On 11 January 1785, at the Derby Epiphany Sessions, Elizabeth Clark, lateContinue Reading »

Alexander John Ross

Before Major Robert Ross sailed aboard Scarborough, he left written instructions for the care of his wife and children in the event of his death, but he took with him his 8 year-old son Alexander John Ross, known as Little John.  Arthur Bowes Smyth surgeon on Lady Penrhyn, wrote in his journal on 3 MayContinue Reading »