HMS Resistance

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Resistance, 1801
Type: Frigate, ; Armament 36-gun 18-pounder, small
Launched : 29 Apr 1801 ; Disposal date or year : 31 May 1803
Disposal Details : Wrecked, Cape St. Vincent: crew saved. Captain Hon. P. Wodehouse ;

20 Jun 1801 went out of harbour to Spithead.

1 Jul 1801 arrived Spithead the Maidstone, and the Resistance, from a cruise off Havre.

6 Jul 1801 departed Spithead on a cruise off Havre.

26 Jul 1801 arrived Spithead from a cruise on the French Coast.

28 Jul 1801 appointed convoy for Halifax and America.

3 Aug 1801 departed Spithead with a convoy for Quebec.

19 Nov 1801 some merchant vessels report that they were separated from the convoy in a gale and arrived in the Channel independently some days prior to the arrival of the convoy.

23 Nov 1801 arrived in the Downs with what remained of her convoy from Quebec.

30 Nov 1801 arrived Spithead the Resistance, with a number of outward bound merchant vessels from the Downs. On her passage out she captured a French letter cf marque, bound from Cayeane to Bourdeaux ; Captain Digby carried her with him to Quebec, and sold her there for between 6 and 7,000.

Circa 26 Dec 1801 Mr. Mitford, Lieutenant apptd to the Resistance frigate.

5 Jan 1802 the Temeraire, out at Spithead with the Formidable, Majestic, Theseus, Orion, Resolution, Vengeance and Resistance, are ordered to refit and victual for the West Indies, with all possible haste.

28 Jan 1802 departed Spithead on a cruise after smugglers.

5 Feb 1802 arrived Spithead from a cruise.

12 Feb 1802 arrived Spithead from a cruise.

18 Feb 1802 departed Spithead on a cruise.

24 Feb 1802 the Resistance, Capt Digby, departed on a cruise after smugglers.

25 Feb 1802 due to bad weather the Resistance put back to St Helen's, the wind blowing a strong N.E.

8 Mar 1802 arrived Spithead from a cruise.

7 Apr 1802 departed Spithead the Resistance, 36, with the 45th regiment on board for Cork.

18 Apr 1802 arrived Spithead from Cork.

Circa 24 Apr 1802 Captain Atkins, apptd to the Iris, 50, vice Woodhouse, who is appointed to the Resistance, vice Digby.

13 Jun 1802 departed Spithead on a cruise after smugglers.

3 Jul 1802 the Resistance, Hon Capt Wodehouse, and the Blanche, Capt Hamond, have been appointed to attend HM at Weymouth.

11 Aug 1802 arrived Spithead the Resistance, Hon. Captain Wodehouse, from attending HM at Weymouth.

27 Aug 1802 departed Spithead for the Eastward, having arrived from Cork with a transport.

22 Sep 1802 departed Spithead for Chatham, to be paid off.

25 Sep 1802 passed through the Downs for Sheerness.

31 Oct 1802 arrived Spithead the Resistance, from the eastward.

31 Oct 1802 the Resistance frigate will depart Spithead on Tuesday for Lymington, to take on board Sir Harry Neale and family, who are going to Naples.

2 Nov 1802 made a signal for sailing for the Mediterranean and departed Spithead at 10 am for Lymington, where she is expected to lay to to embark the passengers for Naples.

13 Nov 1802 arrived Gibraltar with her passengers, en route for Naples.

Circa 1 Dec 1802 arrived Malta from England, last from Naples, with news that the British were to remain in occupation of Malta, and not the recently arrived Neapolitan troops, who it was surmised would be sent back, "which excited much joy amongst the natives."

3 Mar 1803 the following vessels remained at Valetta when the Hector departed Malta, for England : the Kent, Superb, Triumph, Donegal, Gibraltar, Agincourt, Charon, Expedition, Experiment, Active, Phoebe, Niger, Victorieuse, and Resistance, the Regulus, and Raven, having departed Malta for Egypt, and the Blonde to Naples, the crew of the Raven having been reported to be sick. The Tourterelle, Pandour, were lying at Alexandria ; and the Braakel, guard ship, at Smyrna ; the Anson having departed Malta for Egypt at the latter end of November.

Circa 27 May 1803 the Resistance remained at Lisbon when the Falmouth packet Duke of York departed Lisbon for England.

Circa 8 Aug 1803 following the loss of the Resistance off Cape St Mary, near Cadiz, the ship's company appears to have been taken to Gibraltar, and according to the Hampshire Telegraph the Amazon has been detailed off the bring the men home.

The Hampshire Telegraph of 26 Sep 1803 reports that a court martial was held on board the Victory following the loss of the Resistance on Cape St Vincent. Capt Wodehouse was acquitted ; Mr Rose the Master was dismissed the Service ; and Lieut Southcott was severely reprimanded for his misconduct.

Circa 19 May 1804 Mr Cole late paymaster of the Resistance, apptd to the Leander.