HMS Rattlesnake (1822)

HMS Rattlesnake (1822)

HMS "Rattlesnake" was a 28-gun sixth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy launched in 1822. She made a historic voyage of discovery to the Cape York and Torres Strait areas of northern Australia.

Launched at Chatham Dockyard on 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 ship in 1845 and broken up in 1860.

Captain on the voyage to northern Australia and New Guinea was Owen Stanley. Also aboard were John Thomson (Surgeon), Thomas Henry Huxley as Assistant Surgeon ("surgeon's mate", but in practice marine naturalist) and John MacGillivray as 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. [ OnTheBox: Ray Mears Goes Walkabout] [ DigiGuide library]


Further reading

authorlink=John MacGillivray
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

last =Goodman
first =Jordan
author-link =
publication-date =
date =2005
year =
title =Losing it in New Guinea: the voyage of HMS Rattlesnake
periodical =Endeavour
series =
publication-place =
place =
publisher =Elsevier
volume =29
issue =2
pages =60-65
url =
issn =
doi =10.1016/j.endeavour.2005.04.005
oclc =
accessdate =2008-06-16

External links

* [ Images from the voyage of the Rattlesnake] at the State Library of New South Wales

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