HMS Sirius -
Flagship of the First Fleet, was renamed Sirius after Sirius the bright star of the Southern Constellation, of the Great Dog. It remained in Sydney to support the settlement but in Oct. 1788 carried out a resupply mission to South Africa. On the outward leg they followed the trade winds, East, via Cape Horn. The return started in Feb 1789, and took 91 days.
Wrecked off Norfork Island 1790.
HMS Supply -
His Majesty's Armed Tender Supply was used for local needs incuding trips to Norfork Island.
First Fleet -
Comprised 2 naval ships, 6 transports(convicts) and 3 supply ships. This enterprise, which was first considered about 1785, set sail on 3rd May 1787 and arrived in Sydney 26th Jan 1788. After unloading, the 6 transports and 3 supply ships returned.
The Portsmouth-Sydney Sister City Link
To recognise the significance of the historic link between Portsmouth and Sydney, a formal Declaration was made between the two City Councils in December 1984 to establish a Sister City Relationship. When the UK Australian Bicentennial programme of 1987 was formed the natural starting point was Portsmouth on the 13th May and this featured a wonderful Guildhall Square extravaganza showcasing Royal Marines and the Sydney Bicentennial bands, and a variety of performances including Aboriginal dancers. The event was graced by HRH The Queen and HRH Prince Philip who officially opened an Exhibition at Square Tower, devoted to the story of the First Fleet. The occasion was further enhanced by a flypast of the RAF's Red Arrows as the Royal Party sailed to the Isle of Wight on board HMS Sirius and witnessed a Re-enactment Fleet of square riggers commence its journey to Sydney..
A gift from the citizens of Ku-ring-Gai near Sydney. The statue was made by the sculptor Victor Cusack and depicts the ship on the voyage.