HMS Blossom (1806)
His Majesty's ship Blossom off the Sandwich Islands
|Ordered:||19 November 1805|
|Builder:||Robert Guillaume, Northam|
|Laid down:||February 1806|
|Launched:||10 December 1806|
|Completed:||21 April 1807|
Exploration ship in 1825|
Survey ship in 1829
Hulked in 1833
|Fate:||Broken up in August 1848|
|Class and type:||18-gun Cormorant-class sloop-of-war|
|Tons burthen:||422 bm|
108 ft 4 in (33.02 m) (overall)|
90 ft 8 in (27.64 m) (keel)
|Beam:||29 ft 7 in (9.02 m)|
|Depth of hold:||9 ft (2.7 m)|
HMS Blossom was an 18-gun Cormorant-class sloop-of-war. She was built in 1806 and is best known for the 1825-1828 Captain Beechey expedition to the Pacific Ocean, primarily and explored as far north as Point Barrow, Alaska, the furthest point into the Arctic any non-Inuit had been at the time.
She was re-rated as a 24-gun sixth rate in February 1817, converted to serve as an exploration ship in 1825, and on her return used as a survey ship from 1829. Blossom was hulked as a lazarette at Sheerness in January 1833, and was broken up at Chatham in August 1848.
- Beechey, Frederick William (1832). Narrative of A Voyage To The Pacific And Beering's Strait, To Co-Operate With The Polar Expeditions Performed In His Majesty's Ship Blossom, Under The Command Of Captain F. W. Beechey, R. N. In The Years 1825, 26, 27, 28. Philadelphia: Carey & Lea. http://books.google.com/books?id=7YcBAAAAYAAJ. Retrieved 2009-08-15.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: the complete record of all fighting ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham. ISBN 9781861762818. OCLC 67375475.
- Winfield, Rif; Lyon, David (2003). The Sail and Steam Navy List, 1815-1889. Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1861760326.
- Ships of discovery and exploration, by Lincoln P. Paine
- Earliest Records of the Islands Their Discovery by Captain Beechey, H.M.S. "Blossom"
- Mid-Victorian RN vessel HMS Blossom
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