HMS Resource (1778)
|Career (Great Britain)|
|Ordered:||30 September 1777|
|Builder:||John Randall & Co, Rotherhithe|
|Laid down:||November 1777|
|Launched:||10 August 1778|
|Completed:||2 October 1778 (at Deptford Dockyard)|
|Renamed:||Enterprise 17 April 1806|
|Naval General Service Medal with clasp "Egypt"|
|Fate:||Sold to break up 28 August 1816|
|Class & type:||28-gun Enterprise-class sixth-rate frigate|
|Tons burthen:||603 34⁄94 (bm)|
|Length:||120 ft 8 in (36.78 m) (overall)
99 ft 7 in (30.35 m) (keel)
|Beam:||33 ft 9 in (10.3 m)|
|Depth of hold:||11 ft 0 1⁄2 in (3.366 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full-rigged ship|
|Complement:||200 officers and men|
Resource was first commissioned in July 1778 under the command of Captain Patrick Fotheringham.
On 19 April 1781 Resource recaptured the 20-gun post ship Unicorn, which the French frigate Andromaque had captured on 4 September 1780. Resource had reached Cape Blaise by noon and at 2pm spotted a strange sail. By 4:30 Resource was close enough that both vessels began to exchange fire. After an hour and a half, the French vessel struck. She turned out to be the Unicorn, and armed with twenty 9-pounder guns and eight 12-pounder carronades. She had a crew of 181 men under the command of Chevalier de St. Ture. In the engagement, Resource lost 15 men killed and 30 wounded; Unicorn lost eight men killed and 30 wounded, four of whom died later.
Because Resource served in the navy's Egyptian campaign (8 March to 2 September 1801), her officers and crew qualified for the clasp "Egypt" to the Naval General Service Medal that the Admiralty authorised in 1850 for all surviving claimants.[Note 1]
Notes and citations
- Gardiner, Robert (1992) The First Frigates.(London: Conway Maritime Press). ISBN 0-85177-601-9.
- Lyon, David (1993) The Sailing Navy List. (London: Conway Maritime Press).ISBN 0-85177-617-5.
- Winfield, Rif (2007) British Warships in the Age of Sail, 1714 to 1792. (London: Seaforth Publishing). ISBN 978-1-84415-700-6.
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