Golden Grove (1780 ship)

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Great Britain
Name: Golden Grove
Port of registry: Whitby[1]
Launched: 1780[1]
Fate: Unknown, disappeared from records after 1804[1]
General characteristics [2]
Type: Store ship
Tons burthen: 331 tons bm
Length: 94 ft (29 m)
Beam: 30 ft (9.1 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship

Golden Grove was a First Fleet storeship built at Whitby in 1780. Her master was William Sharp. The Fleet's chaplain Richard Johnson and his wife and servant travelled to New South Wales on this ship.[3]

She left Portsmouth on 13 May 1787, and arrived at Botany Bay, Sydney, Australia, on 26 January 1788 but left to Port Jackson after. On 2 October 1788 she took twenty-one male and eleven female convicts to Norfolk Island, returning to Port Jackson on 25 October. She left Port Jackson on 19 November 1788, keeping company with Fishburn until losing sight of her on 11 April 1789 after several days at the Falkland Islands for the recovery of crew members who were sick with scurvy. She arrived back in England on 9 June 1789.[3]

After returning to England, she sailed between Liverpool and Jamaica. After being re-registered in 1804, there is no further record of her.[3]

A former inner-city suburb of Sydney was named after the ship.[4] This suburb has now been largely subsumed into a small locality, part of Newtown and Camperdown and the name today is carried only by some maps and a street in the area.

An Urban Transit Authority First Fleet ferry was named after Golden Grove in 1986.[5]

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An engraving of the First Fleet in Botany Bay at voyage's end in 1788, from The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Picture of the Golden Grove". 1996. Archived from the original on 29 December 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Golden Grove 1788". 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Golden Grove". First Fleet Fellowship Victoria Inc. 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Golden Grove the suburb". Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Sydney Ferries Fleet Facts Archived 12 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Transport for NSW
  6. ^ The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay (1789)

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