Norfolk King was born 8 Jan 1789 on Norfolk Island. He was the first child born on Norfolk Island. His parents were Lieutenant Phillip Gidley King, HMS Sirius 1788 and Ann Inett, Convict, Lady Penrhyn 1788.
Not all the assigned crew members and ship’s marines were aboard HMS Sirius for the March 1790 voyage to Norfolk Island, they are noted in HMS Sirius muster by not being mustered on 20 March 1790 on Norfolk Island after the day after the shipwreck, but being mustered in April 1790 at Port Jackson. Continue reading
Officers and Men belonging to HM late ship Sirius who were stranded on Norfolk Island and travelled from Norfolk Island to Port Jackson in February 1791.
List of passenger from HM Tender Supply travelling from Norfolk Island to Port Jackson in February 1791 included crew members of the late HMS Sirius in order as recorded on shipping muster (TNA – Accounting Departments Ships’ Musters; Series I ADM 36/10981 Reel 7006) . Continue reading
When the Golden Grove in October 1788 arrived on Norfolk Island Lieutenant Philip King wrote:
And soon afterwards Mr. Donovan, a midshipman belonging to the Sirius, came on shore, and delivered the governor’s letters: by this gentleman I also received a letter from Mr. Blackburn, the master of the Supply, informing me that he sailed from Port Jackson on the 24th of September, being ordered by Governor Phillip to conduct the transport to this island; that he had brought Mr. Donovan, a serjeant, (sic) a corporal, and five private marines, two gardeners, who were seamen belonging to the Sirius, and twenty-one men and eleven women convicts; also the Supply’s jolly-boat and boat’s crew, to assist in unloading the Golden Grove. Continue reading
HMS Sirius was originally the merchant ship Berwick, which was refitted out as HMS Berwick in early 1782 by the Royal Navy. The ship was commissioned to escort the First Fleet and renamed HMS Sirius in October 1786. HMS Sirius was the flagship of the first fleet.
Fred Spring an ex Qantas draughtsman and specialist in British ships donated the original draught plans of HMS Sirius, with a scale of scale 1: 48 and 415 mm x 552 mm in size in 1961 to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich London who considered Fred Spring a naval draughtsman expert. Continue reading