1: The first fleet The first fleet left in 1787. Captain Arthur Phillip was in charge of the first fleet and he took care of the eleven tall ships. They were called the Sirius, the Supply, the Alexander and the Charlotte. Then there was the Prince of Wales. On the first fleet there were 749 convicts and 550 other people. They got to Teneriffe on June the 3rd and they stayed there for a week. They travelled for 8 weeks then they got to Rio de Janeiro. Then they stayed there for one month and they got seeds and food. The convicts were also allowed to go on the deck. They went travelling for 6 weeks then they got to Cape Town and stayed there for a month. They got animals from Cape Town and got more food. In January 1788 they stopped at Botany Bay. Captain Cook said it would be a good place for the convicts. But when they stopped the soil was too soft and the water was too shallow for the boat and there were not enough trees so they decided to go up stream to find another place. They sailed up the cost to find a big place and they found Port Jackson. Later they called it Sydney Cove because it was a good place for the convicts.