Hms Sirius


Dimension: 98 Length x 33 Width x 76 Height cm.

Grade A / Museum Quality

Construction of the boat:

  • We place a double layer of plank on the hull, Teak wood and fixed with copper nails.
  • Decks made with small planks of Oak wood.
  • Anchors are molded in Zinc metal and painted.
  • Sculptures and the Canons are turning in Solid Brass.
  • Sails made with cottons.
  • Ropes are cotton and nylon waxed in the bee wax to do the rigging.


Hms Sirius Ship Model

Origin: English

Year: 1787

The melancholy loss of HMS Sirius off Norfolk Island 19 March 1790, by the on-board artist George Raper

Builder: Watson, Rotherhithe

Renamed: Berwick

HMS Sirius was the flagship of the First Fleet, which set out from Portsmouth, England, in 1787 to establish the first European colony in New South Wales, Australia. In 1790, the ship was wrecked on the reef, south east of Kingston Pier, in Slaughter Bay, Norfolk Island.

Ship Construction

Sirius had been converted from the merchantman Berwick. There has been confusion over the early history of Berwick. However, A note about her by future New South Wales governor Philip Gidley King. As a result,  describing her as a former ‘East country man’, was interpreted for many years.

Nevertheless, the East Indies trade  analysis of the maritime nomenclature. Moreover, at the time suggests that this description referred instead to ships participating in the Baltic trade.

Berwick was likely built in 1780 by Christopher Watson and Co. of Rotherhithe. In addition, who also built another ship of the First Fleet, Prince of Wales.

Therefore, Berwick had a burthen of 511 /83/94 tons (bm) and, after being burnt in a fire, was bought and rebuilt by the Royal Navy in November 1781, retaining her original name.

Additional information

Weight 14 kg
Dimensions 108 × 43 × 86 cm