Place Published: Salem, Mass
Publisher: The Essex Register Newspaper
Date Published: 1825
The Essex Register Newspaper January 2, 1825, P.3, col. 4 & 5.
The ship Griper, commanded by Captain George Lyon was part of the Parry's third arctic expedition, dangerous and difficult return trip back.
Nov. 10, 1824 article on arctic ship Griper regarding the Northwest Expedition journey back to port.
North West Expedition article title:
Portsmouth Nov. 10.  ; This morning arrived, and ran into labor direct from sea, his Majesty's gun-brig Griper, Captain Lyon one of the ships employed on the North-West Expedition, having obliged to abandon the object for the present season from having lost all her anchors and cables, and discovered that she is unfit for service, being totally unequal to beat off a lea shore. The Griper was obliged to leave Repulse Bay six weeks since and after groping her way out of 900 miles of the most difficult navigation that can be imagined, in the worst weather, she met with a westerly gale of wind which drove here a considerable way into Davis's Strait's - The article goes on to report many details - 9 col. inches. From the Hampshire Telegraph ; The circumstances which have led to the failure of this branch of the North West Expedition are attributable to stormy and severe weather which prevailed in a more intense degree than the oldest navigator remembers, and to the exraordinary bad qualities of the ship for the purposes required. It appears that the Griper left Stomness on July 1 and made Cape Chudeigh (on the Labrador Coast) on the 2nd of August, having fallen in with icebergs three days previously and from which time she was beset with drift ice. In this passage she was fond to make so little progress that the Snap (her provision tender) was frequently obliged to take her in tow. The article goes on to report many details of the difficult journey back - 21-1/2 col. inches
HMS Griper (British Royal Navy built in 1813) took part in Parry's third expedition in 1824 as a support ship. Her crew in 1819, 1823, or 1824, qualified for the "Arctic Medal", which the Admiralty issued in 1857. Between January and June 1824, Griper was refitted for a Parry’s third Northwest Passage expedition. She was commissioned under Captain George Lyon and on 16 June 1824 she sailed for Hudson Bay, and Wager Bay in support of Hecla and Fury. Gripper departed on 3 July 1824, and proceeded in company with the survey vessel Snap. On this occasion, she was carrying a land component of men. Griper returned to London and was paid off in December 1824