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Encyclopedia > HMS Hecla (1815)

HMS Hecla was a Hecla-class bomb ship. Launched on July 15, 1815, she never saw wartime service, but as with the rest of her class, instead became an Arctic exploration ship.

The Hecla made three journeys to the Arctic in search of the North West Passage and one made one attempt on the North Pole, all under William Edward Parry or George Francis Lyon and spent many winters iced in without suffering any problems. Sir William Edward Parry (December 19, 1790 - July 8, 1855) was an English rear-admiral and Arctic explorer. ...

On the first journey in 1819 she reached a longitude 112°51 W in one season. This record was not bettered until the 940-foot icebreaker tanker Manhattan did it in 1969.

The second attempt was not as successful but the Hecla was accompanied by her sister ship HMS Fury. The furthest point on this trip was named after the two ships: Fury and Hecla Strait. HMS Fury was a Hecla-class bomb ship. ...

The Hecla was withdrawn from Arctic service and dispatched as a survey vessel to the coast of West Africa. She remained in service there until 1831, when she was sold.

External Link

Ships of the World: HMS Hecla (http://college.hmco.com/history/readerscomp/ships/html/sh_043500_hmshecla.htm)

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