HMS Fury (1814)

His Majesty's Discovery Ships Fury and Hecla RMG PY9224 (cropped).jpg
Lithograph depicting HMS Hecla (1815)
and HMS Fury, by Arthur Parsey, 1823
History
NameHMS Fury
Ordered5 June 1813
BuilderMrs Mary Ross, Rochester, Kent
Laid downSeptember 1813
Launched4 April 1814
ReclassifiedConverted to Arctic discovery vessel, 1821
FateBilged in Prince Regent Inlet, Baffin Island and abandoned, 25 August 1825
General characteristics
Class and typeHecla bomb vessel
Tons burthen372194 tons bm
Length
  • 105 ft (32.0 m) (overall)
  • 86 ft 1.25 in (26.2 m) (keel)
Beam28 ft 6 in (8.7 m)
Depth of hold13 ft 10 in (4.22 m)
PropulsionSails
Sail planFull rigged
Complement67
Armament
  • 10 × 24-pounder carronades
  • 2 × 6-pounder guns
  • 1 × 13-inch (330 mm) mortar
  • 1 × 10-inch (250 mm) mortar

HMS Fury was a Hecla bomb vessel of the British Royal Navy.

Military service

The ship was ordered on 5 June 1813 from the yard of Mrs Mary Ross, at Rochester, Kent, laid down in September, and launched on 4 April 1814.

Fury saw service at the Bombardment of Algiers on 27 August 1816, under the command of Constantine Richard Moorsom.[1]

Arctic exploration

Between November 1820 and April 1821, Fury was converted to an Arctic exploration ship and re-rated as a sloop. Commander William Edward Parry commissioned her in December 1820, and Fury then made two journeys to the Arctic, both in company with her sister ship, Hecla.

Her first Arctic journey, in 1821, was Parry's second in search of the Northwest Passage. The farthest point on this trip, the perpetually frozen strait between Foxe Basin and the Gulf of Boothia, was named after the two ships: Fury and Hecla Strait.

On her second Arctic trip, Fury was commanded by Henry Parkyns Hoppner while Parry, in overall command of the expedition, moved to Hecla. This voyage was disastrous for Fury. She was damaged by ice at the start of the second season and was eventually abandoned on 25 August 1825,[2] at what has since been called Fury Beach on Somerset Island. Her stores were unloaded onto the beach and later came to the rescue of John Ross, who travelled overland to the abandoned cache when he lost his ship further south in the Gulf of Boothia on his 1829 expedition.

Legacy

In 1956, Captain T.C. Pullen, RCN, sailed HMCS Labrador on an expedition through the Northwest Passage. During this voyage Labrador recovered two Admiralty Pattern anchors on Fury Beach, Somerset Island. The anchors were left there in 1825 by the crews of Fury and Hecla, together with stores, boats, and other items. The anchors had been a landmark for sailors for 136 years.

Labrador transported the artifacts to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and they were placed in the Maritime Command Museum (1961). In 1972, Fury's anchors were moved to CCG Base Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. In 1981, the anchors were removed to the Canadian Coast Guard College at Sydney, Nova Scotia. In 1991, the relics were prepared to be part of a popular exhibit. On 6 May 1998, the anchors were donated by the Canadian Forces Maritime Command (MARCOM) to the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Currently, the anchors are displayed at the northeastern corner of the parade square, and are in the custody of le Musèe du Fort Saint-Jean.

Anchors of HMS Fury at the Royal Military College Saint-Jean at Fort Saint-Jean, Quebec, Canada
Explanatory plaque
Fury Beach - still littered with wooden & metal material.

References

Footnotes

  1. ^ Osler, Edward (1841). The Life of Admiral Viscount Exmouth. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 429. Retrieved 9 January 2012. constantine Moorsom fury algiers.
  2. ^ Journal of a Third Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific; Performed in the Years 1824-25 in His Majesty's Ships Hecla and Fury, Under the Orders of Captain William Edward Parry... London (1826)

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Fury Bay Beach & Debris Nunuvut Canada.jpg
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Fury Beach - still littered with wooden & metal material, presumably/possibly from stores and packaging and building materials from HMS Fury.
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Commander William Edward Parry, RN, FRS abandoned the beset HMS Fury at "Fury Beach", Somerset Island, Nunavut in 1825.

He left two admiralty pattern anchors, stores and boats on the beach for future explorers to use. The anchors remained as landmarks for navigators for 136 years. In 1956 Capt T.C. Pullen, RCN sailing in CCGS Labrador recovered the anchors which eventually came to be displayed at the Museum of Fort Saint Jean. The anchors of HMS Fury (1814) are on permanent display near a parade field at the Royal Military College Saint-Jean.

"The HMS Fury anchors are on the northeastern corner of the Royal Military College Saint-Jean parade square" Quote: Eric Ruel, Conservateur, Musée du Fort Saint-Jean.

Photo credit: Fort Saint-Jean Museum. Personal permission granted to User:Tjlynnjr by Mr. Eric Ruel, curator of RMC St. Jean Museum. Copy of permission will be furnished upon request.

Eric Ruel, Conservateur Musée du Fort Saint-Jean 15, rue Jacques-Cartier Nord Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Qc J3B 8R8 Téléphone musée: (450) 358-6559 Téléphone cellulaire : (514) 347-1464

Courriel : eric.ruel@museedufortsaintjean.ca
HMS Fury (1814) plaque..JPG
Author/Creator: Eric Ruel, Conservateur, Licence: CC0
Commander William Edward Parry, RN, FRS abandoned the beset HMS Fury at "Fury Beach", Somerset Island, Nunavut in 1825.

He left two admiralty pattern anchors, stores and boats on the beach for future explorers to use. The anchors remained as landmarks for navigators for 136 years. In 1956 Capt T.C. Pullen, RCN sailing in CCGS Labrador recovered the anchors which eventually came to be displayed at the Museum of Fort Saint Jean. The anchors of HMS Fury (1814) are on permanent display near a parade field at the Royal Military College Saint-Jean.

"The HMS Fury anchors are on the northeastern corner of the Royal Military College Saint-Jean parade square" Quote: Eric Ruel, Conservateur, Musée du Fort Saint-Jean.

Photo credit: Fort Saint-Jean Museum. Personal permission granted to User:Tjlynnjr by Mr. Eric Ruel, curator of RMC St. Jean Museum. Copy of permission will be furnished upon request.

Eric Ruel, Conservateur Musée du Fort Saint-Jean 15, rue Jacques-Cartier Nord Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Qc J3B 8R8 Téléphone musée: (450) 358-6559 Téléphone cellulaire : (514) 347-1464

Courriel : eric.ruel@museedufortsaintjean.ca
His Majesty's Discovery Ships Fury and Hecla RMG PY9224 (cropped).jpg
His Majesty's Discovery Ships Fury and Hecla

Hand coloured lithograph depicting the Fury and Hecla, which took part in 1824 and 1825 in Parry's attempt to discover a N/W passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Inscribed: "His Majesty's Discovery Ships Fury [and] Hecla". The Fury is on the left, Hecla on the right.

His Majesty's Discovery Ships Fury and Hecla