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Name: PTARMIGAN
Type: Sailing Vessel
Launched: 04/01/1850
Completed: 1850
Builder: T & W Smith
Yard: St Peter's, Newcastle
Yard Number:
Dimensions: 500tonsb; (1850: 424tonsb, 115.0 x 28.5 x ?ft)
Engines: None
Engines by: n/a
Propulsion: Sail, rigged as a Barque
Construction: Wood
Reg Number:
History:
1850 T & W Smith; registered at Newcastle
03/1850 The Admiralty; renamed REFUGE
1850 Renamed RESOLUTE
1879 Broken up
Comments: 07/03/1850: PTARMIGAN had already loaded a part cargo of coals for Calcutta on
the Tyne and had intended to complete the cargo with "light goods", when she was purchased by the Admiralty for 10,622.
The Admiralty purchase was so urgent that, without any builder's trials she sailed to Woolwich where she discharged the coals and went to R & H Green's shipyard at Blackwall for modifications to strengthen her for Polar work.
She had been acquired to form part of a squadron being sent to search for Franklin's North West Passage Expedition which had disappeared after last being sighted by whalers in the Arctic on 26/07/1845.
10/09/1855: RESOLUTE had to be abandoned in the ice at position 74.41N - 101.22W
However she subsequently drifted free and was found by the American whaler GEORGE HENRY off Baffin Island. She was then refitted and returned to the UK
12/12/1856: Arrived in the UK and laid up at Chatham
16/08/1879: Breaking up completed at Chatham