HMS Sirius

Ship size length 35.5 metres (110 feet); width: 9.8 metres (32 feet) weight: 549 tonnes (540 tons)
Ship carried approximately 198 people including seamen, marines, officers and their families
Ship arrived 20 January 1788
Ship left Wrecked off Norfolk Island in 1790. In March 1790 the settlement was desperately low in food and HMS Sirius and Supply were sent to Norfolk Island. In April the hopes of the settlement were shattered when only Supply returned with the news that Sirius had been wrecked off Norfolk Island.

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.

HMS Sirius

Built in 1780 and originally named Berwick, HMS Sirius was painted yellow with a broad black band above the water line. The hull was covered in copper sheeting. 

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.

Part of the Reef in Sydney Bay, Norfolk Island, on which the Sirius was reck’d. 19 March 1790
William Bradley, watercolour from his journal ‘A Voyage to New South Wales’, 1802+
State Library of New South Wales: safe 1/14

'You never saw such dismay as the news of the wreck occasioned among us all; for, to use a sea term, we looked upon her as our sheet anchor [The largest anchor, on which one places reliance when all else has failed].'
Arthur Phillip, first governor of New South Wales, 1790

HMS Sirius

Naval ship