HMS Supply

Ship size length: 21.3 metres (70 feet); width: 7.9 metres (26 feet); weight: 173 tonnes (170 tons)
Ship carried approximately 43 crew and 16 marines
Ship arrived 18 January 1788
Ship left 26 November 1791

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 Supply

A remarkably small ship, HMS Supply was the swiftest sailer in the fleet and acted as scout and message carrier during the voyage. Equipped with eight guns, it embarked just 50 personnel and did not convey convicts. It was the first of the fleet’s ships to enter Botany Bay on 19 January 1788. A brig-rigged sloop (two-masted) built on the Thames in 1759, Supply remained in the colony until 1791, then returned to England, was sold and became a coal carrier on the Thames.

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 Supply

Naval ship