HMS Enterprise (1848)
|The Devils Thumb, Ships Boring and Warping in the Pack, Dedicated by special permission to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty By their Lordships most obedient Servant W H Browne, Lieut R N|
HMS Enterprise (left) and HMS Investigator (right)
|Builder:||Money Wigram and Sons, Blackwall|
|Launched:||5 April 1848|
|Acquired:||Purchased February 1848 on stocks|
Coal depot 1860|
Lent to the Board of Trade
Sold 15 September 1903
|Class and type:||Arctic Discovery Ship|
|Tonnage:||741 tons (Builder's Measure)|
|Length:||125.6 ft (38.3 m)|
|Beam:||28.8 ft (8.8 m)|
|Depth of hold:||20 ft (6.1 m)|
HMS Enterprise was an Arctic discovery ship laid down as a merchant vessel and purchased in 1848 before launch to search for Sir John Franklin's lost expedition. She made two Arctic voyages before becoming a coal depot, and was finally sold in 1903. She was the tenth Enterprise (or Enterprize) to serve in the Royal Navy.
She was laid down as a merchant vessel at the Blackwall yard of Money Wigram and Sons, but purchased by the Admiralty in February 1848 and fitted for Arctic exploration. She was launched on 5 April 1848.
Enterprise made two voyages to the Arctic, the first via the Atlantic in 1848-1849 under James Clark Ross, then in 1850-1854 via the Pacific and the Bering Strait in an expedition led by Richard Collinson.
- Arctic Hell-Ship : the voyage of HMS Enterprise, 1850-1855 by William Barr, University of Alberta Press, USA, 2007, ISBN 0888644825