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English Ship HMS Resolution
1667

HMS Resolution was a 70-gun third-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy. She was launched at Harwich Dockyard on December 6,1667. She was one of only three third rate vessels designed and built by the noted maritime architect Sir Anthony Deane.

Resolution served as the flagship in an expedition against the Barbary Corsairs in 1669 and took part in the unsuccessful attack on the Dutch Smyrna convoy, which resulted in the Third Dutch War. She underwent a rebuilding in 1698 - although this limited reconstruction did not involve taking her hull to pieces.

In a great storm in 1703 in Pevensey Bay, East Sussex she hit the Owers Bank off Littlehampton before the crew could even get up sail. Blown across the Solent, the ship was seriously flooded. Her Captain, Thomas Liell, tried un-successfully to beach her in Pevensey Bay, but the crew had to abandon ship and all made it ashore.


 English Ship HMS Resolution 1667

This dramatic painting of HNS Resolution in a gale by Willem van de Velde the Younger captures all the elegance of warships in this period.

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