USS RESOLUTE arrived at Spithead on

12 December 1856

flying the American ensign,

and the following day was towed out to Cowes,

where Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and the children were staying at Osborne House.

This image captures the moment on 16 December, when Queen Victoria is coming onboard

to accept the gift of HMS RESOLUTE from

Captain Hartstene

(the Queen is the shortest figure on the gangway which is closest to the ship’s side)

Welcome to the website dedicated to all things resolute!

Thanks for stopping by! Please feel free to browse and let me know if you have any questions or thoughts about HMS RESOLUTE, and her role in the search for

Sir John Franklin