HC Deb 19 February 1857 vol 144 c838

said, he wished to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether it was true (as stated in the Public Journals) that the Arctic vessel the Resolute (though not ordered to be broken up) had been stripped and dismantled and placed in ordinary; and whether he had any objection to state what was the present condition of this vessel, given as it was by the American people to the Queen of England.


The hon. Member must be aware that it is not the practice to keep vessels full rigged or manned, except they are fitting for service. The Resolute is in the same state as all other vessels that are not intended for immediate service. A great part of the stores are not in a state to be kept, the only exception being the rum, which has been improved by so long a voyage.