First fleet storeship BORROWDALE

Francis Holmanc 1786

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum
Sydney, Australia

This painting is believed to be the only detailed image of BORROWDALE, the storeship of the First Fleet to Australia in 1788. It shows the vessel from three different perspectives - side, bow and stern. Paintings often depicted vessels from multiple sides to allow an accurate representation of the ship, during a time when technical drawings were rare. This painting has great detail showing figures standing on the deck, a naval pennant flying from the main mast and a red ensign from the stern.


  • Title: First fleet storeship BORROWDALE
  • Creator: Francis Holman
  • Date: c 1786
  • Location: England
  • Type: Painting
  • Significance: This painting is a rare depiction of an Australian First Fleet ship by the renowned maritime artist Francis Holman. There are no other known depictions of the BORROWDALE in any collection in the world.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 728 x 1187 x 54 mm, 6.3 kg
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection

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