The Phoenix ship, a formidable three-decker merchant vessel, had its keel laid on the banks of the Thames in 1798. In 1824, the Phoenix embarked on a voyage that would alter its destiny, as it became part of a historic chapter in the colonization of Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania). Tragically, during this journey, the ship met with misfortune when it struck the treacherous Sow and Pigs Reef within the formidable confines of Port Jackson Heads in New South Wales, Australia. The damage sustained during this incident was so severe that the ship was deemed irreparable, leading to its transformation into a prison hulk. As a prison hulk, the Phoenix played a role in the penal system of the era, confining convicts in its timeworn hull. In 1837, the Phoenix’s storied journey came to an end when it was finally broken up, marking the conclusion of a remarkable chapter in maritime history.
Despite the absence of plans and photographs of the Phoenix ship, our team conducted extensive research through paintings and books to uncover all the ship’s intricate details. A replica of this convict ship was meticulously crafted with exceptional attention to detail. This exquisite model serves as a homage to its historical significance and would make an ideal display piece for anyone with a connection to the ship’s history.