Wednesday, April 8, 2009

HMS Supply (1788)

Date of Issue: April 17, 1967
Scott #: 102

Several ships of the Royal Navy have been named 'Supply.'

The third HMS Supply, launched in 1759 played an important part in the foundation of Australia.

She was built in 1759 and had carried naval supplies between the Thames and Channel ports for 27 years and after that she left Portsmouth on 13 May 1787, and arrived at Botany Bay on 18 January 1788.

After the establishment of the initial settlement at Port Jackson, she was the link between the colony and Norfolk Island, making 10 trips. Following the loss of HMS Sirius in 1790, she became the colony's only link with the outside world.

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