HMS Partridge

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Several ships of the British Royal Navy have been named HMS Partridge, after the bird.

  • The first Partridge was an 18 gun sloop launched at Dartmouth on 15 July 1809 and broken up in September 1816.
  • The second Partridge was a 10 gun Cherokee-class brig-sloop launched at Plymouth Dockyard on 22 March 1822 and stranded aground off the Dutch island of Vlieland on 28 November 1824.
  • The third Partridge was another 10 gun Cherokee-class brig-sloop, launched at Pembroke on 12 October 1829. Recommissioned as a coastguard watchvessel (WV32) on 25 May 1863 the ship was sold at Southampton on 2 February 1864.
  • The fourth Partridge was an Albacore-class wooden screw gunboat launched at Nartham on 29 March 1856 and sold for breaking up on 8 September 1864.
  • The fifth Partridge was a composite screw gunboat launched at Devonport Dockyard on 10 May 1888 and sold in 1909.
  • The sixth Partridge was an Admiralty M class destroyer launched on 4 March 1916 and sunk by German destroyers in the North Sea on 12 December 1917.
  • The seventh Partridge was a P class destroyer launched at Govan on 5 August 1941 and sunk by the German submarine U-565 commanded by Wilhelm Franken in the Mediterranean on 18 December 1942.
  • Partridge was a sloop ordered from J. I. Thorneycroft & Co on 9 October 1944 but cancelled in October 1945.

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