HMS Supply (1793)

HMS Supply was the American mercantile New Brunswick that the British Royal Navy purchased in October 1793 as a replacement for HMS Supply, which the Navy had sold in the year before.

United States
Name: New Brunswick
Fate: Sold 1793
Great Britain
Name: Supply
Acquired: October 1793 by purchase
Fate: Broken up 1806
General characteristics [1]
Tons burthen: 388 bm
  • Overall:97 ft 4 in (29.7 m)
  • Keel:84 ft 0 in (25.6 m)
Beam: 29 ft 5 12 in (9.0 m)
Draught: 16 ft 5 12 in (5.0 m)
Complement: 50
Armament: 10 × 4-pounder guns
Notes: Constructed of birch

The Navy commissioned her in April 1794 under Lieutenant William Kent. She sailed for Australia on 15 February 1795 in company with HMS Reliance. Supply then served as an armed vessel supporting the needs of the colony at Port Jackson. She made at least one voyage to Norfolk Island transferring prisoners there from New South Wales.

Supply and Reliance sailed in late 1796 to the Cape of Good Hope to gather supplies for the colony. She later returned to Sydney, arriving on 16 May 1797 carrying the stores Governor John Hunter had ordered and merino sheep for John Macarthur.

Kent left Port Jackson on 21 October 1800 as commander of HMS Buffalo. Buffalo left carrying Captain Hunter, by then the former governor of New South Wales. Lieutenant James Grant was to take command of Supply upon his arrival aboard HMS Lady Nelson on 16 December 1800, however he found Supply had been laid up as a hulk and had been condemned.[2]

Supply was broken up in 1806.

Citations and references


  1. Winfield (2008), p. 397.
  2. McMartin (1966), pp. 468-469.


  • McMartin, Arthur (1966). Australian Dictionary of Biography. Melbourne University Press. ISBN 9780522842364.
  • Winfield, Rif (2008). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793–1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 1-86176-246-1.
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