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The First Fleet

The First Fleet


Explore the history of the First Fleet, joining the 1,400 men, women and children as they travel to the other side of the world, over 17,000-nautical-miles in the epic the eight month long voyage.

Join 48-year-old Captain Arthur Phillip on the quarterdeck of the Royal Navy escort HMS Sirius, as he commands his small armada of eleven ships, to Botany Bay & Sydney Cove.

At the heart of Mundle's story of the First Fleet is the extraordinary seamanship of the masters and their crews in their day-to-day workings on individual ships, battling all that nature could throw at them - from disastrous conditions to disease - in order to fulfil the grand plans and strategic visions of politicians and authorities. To arrive in Sydney Cove in January 1788 with all ships intact and such a low loss of life is a tribute to Phillip, his officers and crews, and to the wherewithal and brilliance of eighteenth-century seamanship.  


Robert Mundle
Published 2015 
400 pages 
ISBN 9780733334740

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