HMS Resolution

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Resolution in a gale by Willem van de Velde, the younger depicts the second Resolution c. 1678

Several ships of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Resolution. However, the first English warship to bear the name Resolution was actually the first rate Prince Royal (built in 1610 and rebuilt in 1641), which was renamed Resolution in 1650 following the inauguration of the Commonwealth, and continued to bear that name until 1660, when the name Prince Royal was restored. The name Resolution was bestowed on the first of the vessels listed below:

  • Resolution was a gunboat that the garrison at Gibraltar launched in June 1782 during the Great Siege of Gibraltar. She was one of 12. Each was armed with an 18-pounder gun, and received a crew of 21 men drawn from Royal Navy vessels stationed at Gibraltar. Brilliant provided Resolution's crew.[2]
  • HMS Resolution, a cutter in the West Indies, date of acquisition unknown and date of loss unknown. On 10 November 1800 Captain Peter Halkett of HMS Apollo captured the Spanish sloop of war Resolution in the West Indies. She was armed with 18 guns and had a crew of 149 men, under the command of Don Francisco Darrichena. Halkett reported that she was the former British navy cutter Resolution. Resolution was in such an irreparable state that after a few days Halkett destroyed her.[3]
  • Resolution, a victualing hoy, of 75 tons, offered for sale on 22 September 1828, lying at Deptford.[4]

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Citations and references[edit]

  1. ^ Hepper (1994), p.84.
  2. ^ Drinkwater (1905), p.246.
  3. ^ "No. 15334". The London Gazette. 3 February 1801. pp. 149–150. 
  4. ^ "No. 18503". The London Gazette. 9 September 1828. p. 1689.