HMS Fury (1814)

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Name: HMS Fury
Ordered: 5 June 1813
Builder: Mrs Mary Ross, Rochester, Kent
Laid down: September 1813
Launched: 4 April 1814
Reclassified: Converted to Arctic discovery vessel, 1821
Fate: Bilged in Prince Regent Inlet, Baffin Island and abandoned, 25 August 1825
General characteristics
Class and type: Hecla-class bomb vessel
Tons burthen: 372 194 tons bm
Length: 105 ft (32.0 m) (overall)
86 ft 1.25 in (26.2 m) (keel)
Beam: 28 ft 6 in (8.7 m)
Depth of hold: 13 ft 10 in (4.22 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged
Complement: 67
Armament: 10 × 24-pounder carronades
2 × 6-pounder guns
1 × 13-inch (330 mm) mortar
1 × 10-inch (250 mm) mortar

HMS Fury was a Hecla-class bomb vessel of the British Royal Navy.

Military service[edit]

The ship was ordered on 5 June 1813 from the yard of Mrs Mary Ross at Rochester, Kent, laid down in September, and launched on 4 April 1814.

Fury saw service at the Bombardment of Algiers on 27 August 1816, under the command of Constantine Richard Moorsom.[1]

Arctic exploration[edit]

Between November 1820 and April 1821, Fury was converted to an Arctic exploration ship, and re-rated as a sloop. Commander William Edward Parry commissioned her in December 1820.

Fury then made two journeys to the Arctic, both in company with her sister ship, Hecla.

Her first Arctic journey in 1821 was Parry's second in search of the Northwest Passage. The farthest point on this trip, the perpetually frozen strait between Foxe Basin and the Gulf of Boothia, was named after the two ships: Fury and Hecla Strait.

On her second Arctic trip, Fury was commanded by Henry Parkyns Hoppner while Parry, in overall command of the expedition, moved to Hecla. This voyage was disastrous for the Fury. She was damaged by ice while overwintering and was abandoned on 25 August 1825 at what has since been called Fury Beach on Somerset Island. Her stores were unloaded onto the beach and came to the rescue of John Ross (Arctic explorer) when he lost his ship on his 1829 expedition.


The anchor of HMS Fury is on permanent display near the court yard at the Canadian Coast Guard College


  1. ^ Osler, Edward (1841). The Life of Admiral Viscount Exmouth. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 429. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 

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