HMS Resistance

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Resistance, 1782
Type: Frigate, ; Armament 36-gun 18-pounder, small
Launched on the River Thames in 1782.
Disposal date or year : 24 Jul 1798
Disposal Details : Burnt and blown up in the Straits of Banca: crew, except about five, perished ; Captain Edward Pakenham.
Notes:

Early 1794 the Orpheus, Centurion, and Resistance, Captain Edward Pakenham, arrived on the East India station.

5 May 1794 capture of the French 34-gun ship Duguay-Trouin, late Princess-Royal, Indiaman off the Isle of France.

Circa 21 Jul 1795 The Orpheus, and Resistance, Captain Edward Pakenham, sail from Madras with troop transports to take Malacca and other Dutch settlements.

16 Feb 1796 Rear-admiral Peter Rainier arrived with a squadron, including the Resistance, Captain Edward Pakenham, off Amboyna, Molucca islands and landed troops : possession being taken without resistance.

7 Mar 1796 Rear-admiral Peter Rainier arrived with a squadron, including the Resistance, off Great-Banda, or Banda-Neira and landed troops : possession being taken with little resistance.

16 Nov 1799 a seaman arrived in town [London], having been brought to England in the Carysfort frigate. He states that he was one of the sailors belonging to the Resistance frigate, blown up while lying in the Straits of Sumatra. This man, and three others were blown out of the ship, and are the only persons saved ; having existed three days on the stock of the anchor, without provisions, floating about upon the water, till they were fortunately saved by a boat from the shore.

(Died) At Bilericay (sic), in the Co. of Essex, Mrs. Pakenham, aged 89, mother of the present Admiral John Pakenham and of the late gallant Captain Edward Pakenham, of His Majesty's ship 'Resistance', which ship and its brave commander was blown up by lightening in the East Indies in the year 1798. Dublin Evening Post on the 19th November 1803. With thanks to Kieran.

24 Jul 1798 For more detail on the loss if the vessel see also the book Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy, by W.S. Gilly, 1850, available in .pdf format via the Wayback Machine.