HMS Discovery (1789)
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ship launched in 1789 and best known as the lead ship in George Vancouver
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's exploration of the west coast of North America
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in his famous 1791-1795 expedition
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. She was converted to a bomb vessel
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in 1798 and participated in the Battle of Copenhagen
Battle of Copenhagen (1801)
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. Thereafter she served as a hospital ship and later as a convict ship until 1831. She was broken up in 1834.
Discovery was launched in 1789 and purchased for the Navy in 1790. She was named after the previous HMS Discovery
HMS Discovery (1774)
HMS Discovery was the consort ship of James Cook's third expedition to the Pacific Ocean in 1776 - 1780. Like Cook's other ships, Discovery was a Whitby-built collier of 298 tons, originally named Diligence when she was built in 1774. Originally a brig, Cook had her changed to a full rigged ship...
, one of the ships on James Cook
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's third voyage to the Pacific Ocean
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