Drake -> 1771 Resolution

Nominal Guns12BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned28.11.1771BWAS-1714
ShipyardWhitby - Yorkshire BWAS-1714
CategoryOther VesselsBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSurvey Vessel BWAS-1714
BecomesFrench flûte 'Le Resolution' (1782) (16)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck110' 8"Imperial Feet33.5483 
Length of Keel93' 6"Imperial Feet28.3972 
Breadth30' 5 ⅛"Imperial Feet9.1472 
Depth in Hold13' 1 ½"Imperial Feet3.9751 
Burthen461 2494Tons BM 


11.1771Broadside Weight = 39 Imperial Pound ( 17.6868 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck12 British 6-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
11.1771110 BWAS-1714

7 Ship Commanders

28.11.1771 - 1775Commander James Cook (1728-1779) ADM 6/20/415BWAS-171410.2.1776 - 11.2.1779Commander James Cook (1728-1779)† ADM 6/21/156BWAS-171411.2.1779 - 22.8.1779Commander Charles Clerke (1743-1779)BWAS-171422.8.1779 - 2.10.1780Lieutenant John Gore (1729-1790)BWAS-17143.10.1780 - 2.11.1781Commander John Williamson (d.1798) ADM 6/22/178ADM 6/221782 - 9.6.1782Lieutenant Robert Fitzhugh Hassard (c.1750-1782)BWAS-17149.6.1782 - 10.6.1782Master William MacqueenBWAS-1714

5 Commissioned Officers

28.11.1771 - 10.8.1775First Lieutenant Robert Palliser Cooper ADM 6/20/415CCSU28.11.1771 - 26.8.1775Second Lieutenant Charles Clerke (1743-1779) ADM 6/20/415BWAS-171429.11.1771 - 12.2.1776Third Lieutenant Richard Pickersgill (d.1779) ADM 6/20/415CCSU10.2.1776 - 11.2.1779First Lieutenant John Gore (1729-1790) ADM 6/21/156BWAS-171423.2.1776 - 3.10.1780Lieutenant John Williamson (d.1798): on board from 6.1776 ADM 6/21/160ref:676

5 Petty Officers

30.11.1771 - 8.4.1772Midshipman Isaac George Manley (1755-1837)ref:1772 - 1775Midshipman George Vancouver (1757-1798)E-WIKI12.6.1772 - 30.6.1773Midshipman Bowles Mitchell (1750-1824)CCSU1.11.1772 - 12.3.1776Midshipman Henry Roberts (1757-1796)LPC12.3.1776 - 19.10.1780Master's Mate Henry Roberts (1757-1796)LPC

3 Crewmen

22.1.1772 - 11.6.1773Able Seaman Bowles Mitchell (1750-1824)CCSU1.7.1773 - 10.2.1776Able Seaman Bowles Mitchell (1750-1824)CCSU9.2.1776 - 12.3.1776Able Seaman Henry Roberts (1757-1796)LPC

Service History

11.1771Purchased at Unknown at a cost of £4151.0.0dBWAS-1714
18.11.1771Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
25.12.1771Renamed ResolutionBWAS-1714
8.4.1772Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £10080.12.9dBWAS-1714
17.5.1772Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
22.6.1772Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £882.3.0dBWAS-1714
10.6.1782Taken by L'Annibal (74) off Negapatam
10.6.1782Taken by Le Sphinx (64) off Negapatam

Notes on Ship

Mercantile Collier Marquis of Granby built 1769-70 by Fishburn at Whitby


Previous comments on this page

Posted by Cy on Monday 22nd of June 2020 19:19

I have no evidence of James cook receiving a commission as a post captain, he was appointed to the post of Captain of Greenwich Hospital in 1775 (the same year various source give for his 'posting'), which is not the same thing.

His commission to the Resolution as noted in ADM ADM 6/21/156 states "Captain James Cook Commander Resolution Sloop" so the rank as given is correct.

If you have any evidence of the supposed promotion to post captain, which must, by definition, have been to a ship of 20 guns or more I would be delighted to see it.

Posted by C Heathcote on Monday 22nd of June 2020 18:52

James Cook's had been promoted to the rank of Post Captain on the vessel's second expedition. He was Commander only on the prior expedition

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