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HMS Resource (1778)
Career (Great Britain) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Resource
Ordered: 30 September 1777
Builder: John Randall & Co, Rotherhithe
Laid down: November 1777
Launched: 10 August 1778
Completed: 2 October 1778 (at Deptford Dockyard)
Commissioned: July 1778
Renamed: Enterprise 17 April 1806
Honours and
Naval General Service Medal with clasp "Egypt"[1]
Fate: Sold to break up 28 August 1816
General characteristics
Class & type: 28-gun Enterprise-class sixth-rate frigate
Tons burthen: 603 3494 (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 12 in (3.366 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Complement: 200 officers and men

Upper deck: 24 ×  9-pounder guns QD: 4 x  6-pounder guns + 4 x  18-pounder carronades
Fc: 2 x  18-pounder carronades

Also: 12 x  swivel guns

HMS Resource was a 28-gun Enterprise-class sixth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy. She was launched in 1778 and sold for breaking up in 1816.

Career[edit | edit source]

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.[2] 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[edit | edit source]

  1. A first-class share of the prize money awarded in April 1823 was worth £34 2s 4d; a fifth-class share, that of an able seaman, was worth 3s 11½d. The amount was small as the total had to be shared between 79 vessels and the entire army contingent.[3]

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