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The Latest TLC Catalogue
January / February issue 362

HMS Resolution (1771)
Painted by Ivan Berryman

  • On 17 January 1773, Resolution was the first ship to cross the Antarctic Circle and crossed twice more on the voyage. The third crossing, on 3 February 1774, was the most southerly penetration, reaching latitude 71°10' South at longitude 106°54' West.
  • HMS Resolution was a sloop of the Royal Navy, a converted merchant collier purchased by the Navy and adapted, in which Captain James Cook made his second and third voyages of exploration in the Pacific. She impressed him enough that he called her "the ship of my choice", and "the fittest for service of any I have seen."
  • She was recommissioned in February 1776 for Cook's third voyage, which began on 12 July 1776, departing from Plymouth, England, during which Resolution crossed the Arctic Circle on 17 August 1778, and again crossed it on 19 July 1779, under the command of Charles Clerke after Cook's death. She arrived back in Britain on 4 October 1780.
  • In 1780, Resolution was converted into an armed transport and sailed for the East Indies in March 1781. Sphinx and Annibal of Suffren's (French) squadron captured Resolution on 9 June 1782. After the action at Negapatam on 6 July 1782, Resolution sailed to Manila for wood, biscuit and rigging, and to press any seaman she found there. She then sailed on 22 July 1782 and was never seen again.
  • Class and type: ex-mercantile collier
  • Tons burthen:462 bm
  • Length: 110 ft 8 in (33.73 m) overall
  • 93 ft 6 in (28.50 m) keel
  • Beam:30 ft 6 in (9.30 m)
  • Draught: 13 ft 1 in (3.99 m)
  • Propulsion: Sails
  • Complement: 112, including 20 marines
  • Armament:
  • 12 × 6pdrs
  • 12 × ½pdr swivels
 
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