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Encyclopedia > HMS Discovery (1789)

HMS Discovery was a Royal Navy ship in which George Vancouver explored the west coast of North America in his 1791-1795 expedition. The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the senior service of the British armed services, being the oldest of its three branches. ... Captain George Vancouver George Vancouver (June 22, 1757 – May 12, 1798) was an officer of the Royal Navy, and an explorer best known for his exploration of North America and the Pacific coast along Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. ... World map showing location of North America A satellite composite image of North America North America is a continent in the northern hemisphere, bounded on the north by the Arctic Ocean, on the east by the North Atlantic Ocean, on the south by the Caribbean Sea, and on the west... 1791 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1795 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ...

Discovery was built at the Randall & Brents shipyard in London in 1789. She was named after the previous HMS Discovery, one of the ships on James Cook's third voyage to the Pacific Ocean, on which Vancouver had served as a midshipman. She was ship-rigged, of 330 tons displacement, and had a complement of 100. The Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster, which contains Big Ben London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England. ... 1789 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... British explorer James Cook, portrait by Nathaniel Dance, c. ... For the fishes called midshipman, see Midshipman fish In the navies of English-speaking countries, a midshipman is a low-ranking commissioned officer, usually the lowest rank. ... A full rigged ship or fully rigged ship is a square rigged sailing vessel with three or more masts, all of them square rigged. ...

In 1799, Discovery was converted to a bomb vessel. She took part in the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801. 1799 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Bomb vessels attacking Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore A bomb ketch, bomb vessel, bomb ship, or simply bomb was a type of wooden sailing naval ship. ... The Battle of Copenhagen, as painted by Nicholas Pocock. ... 1801 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ...

Discovery was converted to a convict ship in 1818 and broken up in 1834. 1818 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1834 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...

See the main HMS Discovery page for other ships of this name. HMS Discovery was the name of a number of vessels in the Royal Navy. ...

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