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The first fleet

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The convicts chosen for the first voyage were ranged from pickpockets, poachers, swindlers and forgers.   Luckily no rapists or murderers were sent.   There were 11 ships which carried 1467 people: 759 convicts, 13 convicts' kids, 252 marines, wives and kids, 210 Royal Navy seamen and 233 merchant seamen.

People would be hanged for stealing things worth 5 shillings worth.   Judges might decide to transport you to the colony if he thought you could be reformed.

The youngest convict was a 13 year old boy called John Hudson.   He was a chimney sweep and a thief.

The following are pictures of the eleven ships that made up the First Fleet.  
Ships of the first fleet

Scarborough
Golden Grove

Sirius was the Flagship.
Loading the Convicts: The convicts had to strip and jump into 2 baths to try and kill lice and fleas before they could board the ships.   Their old clothes were burned. Disease could wipe out all people on board ships so a great care was taken to ensure disease wasn't brought on board.   There had been ships found at sea without a soul on board because everyone had died of the plague or typhus.  

All of convicts had to climb down under the deck.   The ladder would be pulled up so noone could climb to freedom.   Under the deck it was dark, crowded and STANK.   Toilets were buckets and the only air and light was from the hatches which were opened if the weather and seas allowed.  The wee and poo would go everywhere if the buckets spilled and they couldn't be washed clean.Sleeping people ofter rolled off their cramped bunks into the pooey filthy mess on the floor, GROSS!Most days nearly everyone could come on deck, chained of course, except when in a port or during bad weather.

The fleet stopped in Capetown where many animals were purchased and stored below deck along with everything else: horses, pigs, chickens, sheep and goats.

The fleet stopped in Capetown where many animals were purchased and stored below deck along with everything else: horses, pigs, chickens, sheep and goats.  

Alexander


Charlotte


Friendship

Lady Penrhyn


Borrowdale


Fishburn



Sirius

Supply

Prince of Wales

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