The Arctic ship, 'Resolute', New York
The Royal Collection © 2012,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
RCIN 2932765

The Arctic ship, 'Resolute', New York


Meade Brothers

Presented to Queen Victoria

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The Resolute became trapped in ice in 1852 and remained stuck until rescued by an American whaler in 1855. She was towed back to New London, Connecticut, where she was refitted and eventually handed back to Britain as part of a diplomatic gesture.

Queen Victoria received the ship on 16 December 1856. When she went on board, the Queen met the commander Captain Hartstein and was presented with two photographs: one of the ship, now in one of Prince Albert's photograph albums, and a signed portrait of the captain.