HMS Supply served as the naval tender and armed companion of the First Fleets flagship HMS Sirius. She is the smallest ship of the fleet, but the fastest. She led the fleet during most of the voyage from which Australia was founded. On Friday, 25th January, the HMS Supply made history by being the first ship to sail into Port Jackson where she dropped anchor at Sydney Cove (now Circular Quay). She was honoured during the bicentennial year by featuring prominently on a commemorative ten-dollar note, issued by the Australian Reserve Bank.
Features of the wooden model Supply ship:
- Dimensions of the model are 75cm L x 18cm W x 68 cm H 1:92 Scale
- This model is fully assembled and ready to display (NOT a kit)
- Entirely hand built by using individual wooden planks in hull construction
- We use the high quality wood in constructing and ensuring the model will withstand climate change such changes in humidity and temperature.
- Cannons, musket, anchors, decorative fixtures and intricate details are sculpted metal
- Gun ports are actually cut into the hull
- Lattice grates, rudder chains, wooden ladders and planked steps
- Sails are handmade with fine linen and rigging lines that vary in texture
- Handcrafted according to scale through original plans and pictures.
- This model ship comes with a solid wood base, a name plate and the history of the HMS Supply ship.
HMS Supply was designed by Benjamin Slade as a Deptford yard transport and built in 1759 by Bird at Rotherhithe with measures: 170 Tons, 70 ft. (21.3m.) long and 26 ft. (7.92m) beam, 8 Guns.
On Sunday 13th May, 1787 eleven ships, known the First Fleet, carrying about 1,500 people set sail from Portsmouth, England on an epic voyage of over 13,000 miles and founded the nation of Australia.
On the afternoon of Friday, 18th January 1788, 252 days after leaving Portsmouth, the brig HMS Supply, skippered by Henry Lidgbird Ball, led the eleven ships of the First Fleet into Botany Bay, Australia. On Friday, 25th January, the HMS Supply made history by being the first ship to sail into Port Jackson where she dropped anchor at Sydney Cove, (now Circular Quay) at 7 p.m. She arrived with 55 Officers, Crew and Marines plus 2 Convicts.
HMS Supply remained as one of the Colony’s ships, until she sailed for England on 26 November 1791via Cape Horn, and anchored at Plymouth on 21 April 1792.