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Fishburn
Career (Great Britain)
Name: Fishburn
Owner: Leighton Co.
Launched: 1780, Whitby
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 378, or 400 (bm)
Length: 103 ft (31 m)
Beam: 29 ft (8.8 m)
Sail plan: Ship rig
Complement: 22
Armament: 6 guns
View of Botany Bay
An engraving of the First Fleet in Botany Bay at voyage's end in 1788, from The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay.

The Fishburn was a store ship in the First Fleet. The First Fleet carried the convicts and soldiers to Australia to start a penal colony. The ships left England in May 1787 and arrived in Australia in January 1788. This was the start of European settlement of Australia. The Fishburn was a ship of 378 tons under the command of Master Robert Brown. The ship was 94 ft (29 m) long and 26 ft (8 m) wide. It was the largest of the three First Fleet store ships.

It had been built in Whitby in 1780. The ship had a contract with the British Government to transport food and equipment. The owners were paid at a rate of 10 shillings per ton per month until the ship returned to Deptford.

The Fishburn and the Golden Grove left Port Jackson in November 1788 to return to England. She had to rest at the Falkland Islands for several days as several sailors were sick. She was returned to her owners at Deptford on May 25, 1789. No other information has been found about the ship afterwards.

Fishburn, Circular Quay, 2017 (01)
First Fleet ferry "Fishburn" which was named after the ship in 1985.

There is a monument to Fishburn in the First Fleet Memorial Gardens at Wallabadah, New South Wales. An Urban Transit Authority First Fleet ferry was named after Fishburn in 1985.

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