Yet another super dooper week of learning in Year 4. We have been learning about the First Fleet and what you had to do to become a convict on board a ship heading to Australia! We found out that petty felonies like stealing an apple or a pig to feed your family family was a 'just crime' back in those days, which justified being sent on board one of the ships to the new colonies. In DT, we have started building HMS Charlotte, one of the convict ships of the First Fleet of 11 ships lead by Captain Arthur Phillip.
As it was dry, we decided this was the best way to show case our Comic Relief Colours :)
Have a super weekend,
Miss Chalcraft, Mrs While and Miss Bennett
For your info:
Charlotte, one of the ‘two ladies’ of the fleet, was built on the River Thames in 1784 as a three masted, two-decker, barque built ship, weighing 345 tons. Charlotte was chartered by the Admiralty from its owner Mr Matthews late in 1786. She was fixed out at Deptford, one of the royal dockyards established to build, repair and victual ships of the Royal Navy. Her master for the voyage to Botany Bay was Captain Thomas Gilbert.
Charlotte carried 88 male convicts and 20 female, among them were Thomas Akers, James Squire, James Bloodworth, James Underwood, Samuel Lightfoot and the later-to-be-famous Mary Bryant. Described as a light or slow sailor Charlotte had her fair share of accidents through rough winds and collisions of others ships.