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CAPTAIN ARTHUR PHILLIP & COMTE JEAN-FRANCOIS A BAND OF BROTHERS AND MORTAL ENEMIES

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

1785 – 1 August, Brest:In 1785 Louis XVI quietly sent the  Comte de la Perouse with two ships La Boussole & L’Astrolabe to survey likely spots for French settlements. Aboard were copper plates engraved with the royal arms to be used as permanent notification of French ownership’. Michael Cannon, Australian Discovery and Exploration, 1987

The race for New Holland was on and Britain had missed the jump in the race to establish ‘sea supremacy’ in the Indian and Southern Oceans.

‘All was set in the mid-eighteenth century scene, the contest between Great Britain and the Bourbon powers…different branches of the family of Louis XVI…for sea supremacy and oceanic empire, which was the background of the life of every sailor of Cook’s Age’. J.A Williamson, Cook and the Opening of the Pacific, Hodder & Stoughton , London 1946

Portsmouth – 1787, May 13: The ‘First Fleet, a large armed convoy of eleven (11) ships with a complement of upwards of 1500 souls, one-half convicted criminals ‘rationed as troops serving in the West Indies‘, commanded by Captain Arthur Phillip RN, sailed from England on 13th May 1787 to invade the island continent of New Holland.

Fully funded by government the ‘First Fleet’ was an invasion fleet; ‘but not a hint of it shall ever transpire’. Anon, Historical Records of New South Wales

Botany Bay –  January 18/20:  Within thirty-six (36) hours, after eight (8) months voyaging across 13,000 miles (21,000 km) of ‘imperfectly explored oceans’, the English convey found safe anchorage in Botany Bay between 18 to 20 January 1788.

24 January: Four (4) days later – 24 January – La Perouse’s ships La Boussole and L’Astrolabe, stood off the entrance to Botany Bay but contrary winds and churning seas, added to the force of the Sirius’ menacing cannon, forced them south to seek shelter at Point Sutherland.

Port Jackson – 25 January: Captain Phillip aboard HMS Supply quit Botany Bay sailing north nine (9) miles (14 km) north to Sydney Cove. ‘Four (4) miles – within Port Jackson ‘here’ Phillip wrote ‘a Thousand Sail of the Line may ride in the most perfect Security’.

26 January: At first light Governor Phillip landed, erected the Union Jack and claimed victory over France.  See Australia – Britain By a Short Half-Head

‘His [Phillip’s] failure to invite the French commander there [Port Jackson] reflect some fear that he might be known as a spy’. Alan Frost, Arthur Phillip 1738-1814 His Voyaging, Melbourne University Press

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