- HMS Rattlesnake (1822)
HMS "Rattlesnake" was a 28-gun
sixth-rate frigateof the Royal Navylaunched in 1822. She made a historic voyage of discovery to the Cape Yorkand Torres Straitareas of northern Australia.
Chatham Dockyardon 26 March 1822, "Rattlesnake" was 114 feet (34.7 m) long and 32 feet (9.7 m) abeam. As a frigate she carried twenty 32-pounder carronades, six 18-pounder carronades and two 9-pounder long guns. She was converted to a survey shipin 1845 and broken up in 1860.
Captain on the voyage to northern Australia and
New Guineawas Owen Stanley. Also aboard were John Thomson(Surgeon), Thomas Henry Huxleyas Assistant Surgeon ("surgeon's mate", but in practice marine naturalist) and John MacGillivrayas botanist.
HMS "Rattlesnake" was the ship that rescued Barbara Crawford Thompson, who had been shipwrecked on Prince of Wales Island, North Queensland, aged 16, living with the local Kaurareg people for the next five years, despite their reputation for being cannibals. [ http://www.onthebox.com/program/2450566/ray-mears-goes-walkabout.aspx OnTheBox: Ray Mears Goes Walkabout] [ http://library.digiguide.com/lib/uk-tv-highlight/Ray+Mears+Goes+Walkabout-3817/Documentary/ DigiGuide library]
title=Narrative of the Voyage of HMS Rattlesnake
title=The Rattlesnake: A Voyage of Discovery to the Coral Sea
publisher=Faber & Faber
ID= ISBN 9780571210787
title =Losing it in New Guinea: the voyage of HMS Rattlesnake
* [http://image.sl.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/ebindshow.pl?doc=pxc281/a487 Images from the voyage of the Rattlesnake] at the State Library of
New South Wales
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