Special Sub-Topic: The First Fleet
|Who was the commanding officer of the First Fleet?|
Captain Arthur Phillip. Captain Phillip was made the first governor of the colony where these convicts were brought. This colony was named New South Wales.
Captain John Hunter was second-in-command.
|The captain was worried about this disease, so he took plenty of food high in vitamin C content to combat this particular disease. Which disease am I talking about?|
Scurvy. In fact, he also grew certain foods on board; beans were grown on dampened strips of cloth.
|How many people sailed with the First Fleet?|
1,487. It included 759 convicts, 13 children of convicts, 206 marines with 46 members of their families, 20 officials, 210 seamen of the Royal Navy and 233 merchant seamen.
|The First Fleet (to Australia) consisted of how many ships?|
11. There were two ships from the Royal Navy, six convict ships and three store ships.
|Pick the odd one out.|
The Charlotte. The Charlotte was a convict carrying ship; all the others were store ships.
|Which ship carried only female convicts?|
Lady Penrhyn. The Lady Penrhyn carried 101 female convicts.
|How many convicts died in the course of the journey?|
23. This was an extremely low death rate at that time, attributed to the skills of Captain Phillips.
|How many children were born to convict women during the course of the journey?|
6. Out of the 6 children, 4 survived.
|How long did the journey take?|
252 days. 184 days were spent at sea while the rest 68 days were spent in various ports along the way, like Rio de Janeiro, etc.
|The First Fleet landed near Sydney Cove.|
t. Phillip moved the members of the fleet to this site and the job was completed by January 26 - the day Australians now celebrate as their National day.
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