Fishburn (ship)

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Career (Great Britain)
Owner: Leighton Co.
Launched: 1780, Whitby
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 378
Length: 103 ft (31 m)
Beam: 29 ft (8.8 m)
Sail plan: Ship rig
Complement: 22

Fishburn was the largest of the three First Fleet storeships. She was built at Whitby in 1780, and was of 378 tons. According to her 1786 Deptford survey, she was 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) between decks afore, 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) midships and 7 feet 1 inch (2.16 m) abaft.

Her master for the voyage to Botany Bay was Robert Brown and she was owned by Leighton Co. who were also the owners of Golden Grove and Borrowdale.[1][2] Fishburn carried 22 crew.

She left Portsmouth on 13 May 1787, and arrived at Port Jackson, Sydney, Australia, on 26 January 1788. She left Port Jackson on 19 November 1788, keeping company with Golden Grove until losing sight of her on 11 April 1789 after several days at the Falkland Islands for recovery of crew members who were sick with scurvy. She arrived back in England on 25 May 1789. The fate of Fishburn is unknown, she appears to have disappeared from the records after being discharged from Her Majesty's service at Deptford, nine days after her arrival.[1]

There is a monument to Fishburn in the First Fleet Memorial Gardens at Wallabadah, New South Wales.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Fishburn". First Fleet Fellowship. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Ships of the First Fleet". Fellowship First Fleeters. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Bateson, Charles, The Convict Ships, 1787–1868, Sydney, 1974.