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Admiral Arthur Phillip (11 October 1738 – 31 August 1814) was a Royal Navy officer and the first Governor of New South Wales who founded the British penal colony that later became the city of Sydney, Australia.
After much experience at sea, Phillip sailed with the First Fleet as Governor-designate of the proposed British penal colony of New South Wales. In January 1788, he selected its location to be Port Jackson (encompassing Sydney Harbour).
Phillip was a far-sighted governor who soon saw that New South Wales would need a civil administration and a system for emancipating the convicts. But his plan to bring skilled tradesmen on the voyage had been rejected, and he faced immense problems of labour, discipline and supply.
The arrival of the Second and Third Fleets placed new pressures on the scarce local resources, but by the time Phillip sailed home in December 1792, the colony was taking shape, with official land-grants and systematic farming and water-supply.
Phillip retired in 1805, but continued to correspond with his friends in New South Wales and to promote the colony's interests. (Source: Wikipedia)
To read more about Arthur Phillip's journey in Seaport, check his storylines.
HMS Buckingham was a 70-gun third-rate ship of the Royal Navy, launched in 1751. She was in service during the Seven Years' War with France. In 1771 Buckingham was converted to a storeship and renamed Grampus. On 11 November 1779, during a return voyage from Newfoundland, Grampus foundered in North Atlantic.
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|1||A new opportunity|
Ahoy, captain! I'm Arthur Phillip, a lieutenant of the British Navy. Your bravery and prowess in battle are well-known, so I have a proposition for you. Would you and your crew join our war efforts?
I'm glad to have you on board, captain! The war is yet to ramp up, but we had to get you on our side early. Couldn't risk losing you to France or Spain. Meanwhile, we can continue to make weapons.
While we prepare for war, your men need a place to stay. It doesn't make sense to build permanent accommodation as we should be deployed shortly. Some huts will have to do.
We are soon to be assigned the ship of our command, but waging war is an expensive business. We all need to chip in.
The time has come, captain! Tomorrow, we take charge of HMS Buckingham and begin our defence preparations. It's time to get into the Navy uniform!
Here she is, HMS Buckingham! All ours to command, captain. Let's have a celebratory meal before we are assigned our first mission.
War is breaking out with France, we need to station some of our crew around the South coast and help them build defence outposts in case the French launch a surprise attack.
|8||Preparing for battle|
We are set to clash with the French fleet near Minorca. We must fix up HMS Buckingham and rush there to support our fleet. This battle might be the first of many for us.
The French have destroyed half our fleet! Three of our men have died and our ship has taken severe damage! We need to fall back to Gibraltar with the rest of our ships before we lose more men.
Now that we've escaped to Gibraltar without any further casualties, we should try to repair her quickly. We never know when the next battle will hit us.
We've received word from Admiral Byng that we are to return to Portsmouth as soon as possible. However, I believe we should help HMS Weazel repair her guns and then sail together.
Our ship has been assigned to join the British fleet in the Caribbean with HMS Weazel. The war hasn't really reached that far, so we should be able to enjoy the paradise for a while… let's celebrate!
Oh, no! A French ship, Florissant, and two frigates have intercepted us on our way to Montserrat. They outnumber us, but we must try to blast through them to warn the rest of the fleet!
Both of our ships suffered damage, but we managed to disentangle and make it out of there. Now that we have arrived at the port of Montserrat and alerted them, let's get some lunch. We have earned it.
Our fleet managed to capture the French ships that attacked us while we have been working on repairing HMS Buckingham, and there are no other ones near us. We can relax and have some chocolate.
|16||HMS Stirling Castle|
The captain of HMS Stirling Castle heard of our contributions at Montserrat and has requested our ship in his squadron. Let's have one last crazy night here and then sail to the British Virgin Islands.
|17||Battle of Havana|
Now that the Spanish have allied themselves with the French, we are to attack their port in Havana with all our Caribbean firepower. We will need every man we can get!
We have done it! We have captured Havana and obliterated the Spanish Navy. There is also word that treaties have been signed, ending the war. Once we repair our ship, we can return to Britain!
Now that we're back home, I shall return to my family farm. Maybe I will build a new hut on my property! However, this is not farewell, captain, as I'm sure our paths will cross again.
Hello, captain, long time no see! We have both been asked to join Portugal in their war against Spain and offered joint command of the Nossa Senhora do Pilar. Time to get back in uniform!
|21||Travelling to Rio|
We are going to travel to Rio to pick up a detachment of troops and a consignment of convicts to transfer them to Colonia del Sacramento. Let's get supplies and get on our way.
|22||Picking up convicts|
Alright captain, let's help the troops load the convicts onto the ship. There aren't many of them, but we best keep them bound, just to be safe. Now let's fix up the ship and sail to Colonia.
|23||An unexpected storm|
A strong storm has hit us! Free the prisoners from their shackles! We need every man we can get, or we will all die. It's all hands on deck now, boys!
Thanks to the convicts, we made it out of the storm unscathed. They've proven themselves to be good men and I will advocate for their release. They should join the Portuguese ranks and be properly paid.
The Portuguese officers agreed to my proposal and have allowed the former convicts to enlist. Now we just have to build some housing for them, as they are all to be stationed here.
Captain, we've been recalled to active service by Britain! Unfortunately, we must abandon our Brazilian adventure, but let's harvest some cocoa before we go and bring it with us to London.
|27||Meeting Lord Sydney|
We are about to go for a lunch meeting with Lord Sydney, Secretary of State for Home and American Affairs. He wants to discuss a plan for our offensive on Spanish America, with us spearheading it.
With four ships, we will mount a raid on Montevideo. Then we can maraud the coast until we cross the Pacific to join with our East India squadron to attack Manila. We will need all the men we can get.
Alright, captain, I will take charge of HMS Europa and you will command HMS Basilisk. Your sailors will control the two frigates under our command. The journey to America is long, so let's drink!
The storm we hit on the way has given my ship some minor damage, so we should make a repair stop in Rio just to be safe. We should also refill our supplies.
I've just received a letter from Lord Sydney. England and Spain have reached an armistice. The plan is off officially, but I think we should stick around just in case. We'll need a place to stay.
Though I'm disappointed we didn't get our naval glory in this war, we should still reward your men for their loyalty in joining us once we return. It may cost us now, but be handy for us down the road.
|33||Lord Sydney's plan|
Hi captain, long time no see! Lord Sydney has come up with a very intriguing proposition for us. Let's discuss it over lunch.
Sydney wants to establish a colony on the coast of Australia with mostly convicts and nominated me to be the governor and commodore of the fleet. I would love for you and your men to come with me.
The 100 officers that will help us with colonizing Botany Bay have just arrived with all 772 convicts that we are bringing with us. However, they will need new shackles for the voyage.
Before we set out on the longest leg of our journey, we should make a stop with our allies in Porto. We need to make repairs, wouldn't want to get caught out in the middle of the Pacific.
We have arrived, so I hereby name this bay after Lord Sydney, Sydney Cove! Now, 40 of our convicts died and though they deserve a burial, there are more pressing matters. We need to start building huts.
We should send your first mate with some of the men to establish a colony, so the French don't claim it. We should also give them our money so they can trade with South America as they are closer.
|39||The colony's future|
I don't want New South Wales to just be a prison camp, I want an actual town. We should stop distinguishing between the prisoners and regular marines by giving them all uniform clothing.
|40||Building a city|
We found a large supply of stone, so once we mine it, we can start building more durable houses, a courthouse, and all else our city will need. Sydney is starting to take shape!
|41||Lack of food|
The weather has not been kind to our crops, so we need to get fishing or our people will starve. We should catch as many as we can now and salt them. The fish will need to last us the whole winter.
Do you see them? There is a group of natives on the beach! Go get your men for back-up! I want to try and talk to their leader, but we must be careful. We cannot afford a war with them at our weakest.
I will try to approach their leader to communicate-- ARGH! I have been speared! Do not retaliate! We cannot fight them. Just fall back to camp and find me some cloth for this wound!
I do not want to war with the natives. If the colony is to survive the winter, we might very well need their help. However, we should still make some weapons in case we have to defend ourselves.
One of the natives by the name of Bennelong paid us a visit. He seems to want to learn our language and culture to act as a middle man between us and the natives. Let's have a drink with him!
Britain sent us more convicts for the colony and barely any supplies. This will be a tough winter. Can you see if the natives would help us with building huts for the newcomers?
Now that there are over four thousand of us, it is time we get some specialist fisherman. Have your men and the natives teach some of the new recruits how to fish properly in the local waters.
Though it would be foolish to bound New South Wales as we can continue to expand unchallenged for now, we should create a border around Sydney in case of foreign attacks.
|49||Returning to London|
Starting this colony from scratch has taken a real toll on me. I think it is time for me to retire and return to England with Bennelong. Would you mind if some of your men came with us on the voyage?
The worst is behind us here in New South Wales. Thank you so much for all your help, captain! Without you, I could not have built this colony. It's time for me to enjoy my plentiful pension. Farewell!