Charlotte

Ship size length: 32 metres (105 feet); width: 8.5 metres (28 feet); weight: 343 tonnes (338 tons)
Ship carried 88 male convicts, 20 female convicts, 45 marines and approximately 24 crew
Ship arrived 19 January 1788
Ship left On 25 March 1788 Surgeon George Worgan recorded that Charlotte, Lady Penrhyn and Scarborough, ‘[having] been cleared of the stores for the settlement were discharged from Government service’. Contracted to the East India Company, all three ships were to sail to China to collect a cargo of tea. Charlotte finally left the settlement on 8 May 1788.

Museum of Sydney Collection, Sydney Living Museums. Model © Lynne and Laurie Hadley, photo © Jamie North for Sydney Living Museums. The SLM Foundation financially supported the acquisition of this set of First Fleet ships.

Charlotte

Charlotte sailed so poorly that it had to be towed down the English Channel. 

Museum of Sydney Collection, Sydney Living Museums. Model © Lynne and Laurie Hadley, photo © Jamie North for Sydney Living Museums. The SLM Foundation financially supported the acquisition of this set of First Fleet ships.

The Charlotte medal
Attributed to Thomas Barrett, 1788
Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) Collection: 00045213

This silver medal is believed to have been made by convict Thomas Barrett at the request of Surgeon General John White. Familiar with Barrett’s skill in forging coins, White likely supplied the metal (a silver kidney dish) and the details of the voyage that are engraved on the reverse of the medal. It is thought that Barrett made the medal during the six days Charlotte was anchored at Botany Bay.

Thomas Barrett did not last long in the colony. On 27 February 1788, barely a month after the settlement was established, he was tried for stealing food from the government stores and hanged the same day. John White recorded in his journal that ‘Barrett was launched into eternity, after having confessed to Rev. Mr Johnson, who attended him’.

The Charlotte medal
Attributed to Thomas Barrett, 1788
Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) Collection: 00045213

Sailed the Charlotte of London from Spit Head the 13 of May 1787. Bound for Botany Bay in the Island of New Holland arriv’d at Teneriff the 4th June in Lat 28.13N Long 42.38 W depart’d it 10 arriv’d at Rio Janeiro 6 of Aug in Lat 22.54 S Long 42.38 W depart’d it the 5 Sept arriv’d at the Cape of Good Hope the 14 Octr in Lat 34.29 Lon S 18.29 E depart’d it th 13 of Novr and made the South Cape of New Holland the 8 of Jany 1788 in Lat 43.32 S Long 146.56E arrived Botany Bay the 20 of Jany the Charlotte in Co in Lat 34.00 South Long 151.00 East distance from Great Britain miles 13106.

Charlotte

Convict transport