HMS Resolution (1758)

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Battle of Quiberon Bay: the Day After (Richard Wright, 1760) Resolution is on her starboard side in the foreground
History
Royal Navy EnsignGreat Britain
Name: HMS Resolution
Ordered: 24 November 1755
Builder: Bird, Northam
Launched: 14 December 1758
Fate: Wrecked, night of 20 November 1759
Notes:
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Dublin-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1569594 (bm)
Length: 165 ft 6 in (50.44 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 46 ft 6 in (14.17 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 9 in (6.02 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament:
  • 74 guns:
  • Gundeck: 28 × 32 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 14 × 9 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 4 × 9 pdrs

HMS Resolution was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 14 December 1758 at Northam.[1]

On 20 November the following year, Resolution took part in the decisive Battle of Quiberon Bay captained by Henry Speke. Just before 4pm she took the surrender of the French ship Formidable.[2] However after a stormy night she was found the following morning to have run aground on the Four Shoal and dismasted.[3]

Satellite image of the shoals of Quiberon Bay

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p176.
  2. ^ Corbett, Julian S. (1907), England In The Seven Years War vol II, Longmans Green, p. 66 
  3. ^ Corbett p67

References[edit]

  • Lavery, Brian (2003) The Ship of the Line – Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650–1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-252-8.