HMS Protector

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Seven ships of the British Royal Navy have been called HMS Protector:

  • Protector, a 44-gun fifth rate listed in 1749 which served in India and was wrecked on 1 January 1776 by a cyclone near Pondicherry.
  • Protector, a fireship in service in 1758.
  • Protector, a 178-ton, 12-gun brig launched on 1 February 1805. Converted to a survey ship in 1817, she was sold for breaking up in 1833.
  • Protector, a Britomart-class gunboat laid down at Portsmouth in 1861 and cancelled on 12 December 1863.
  • HMS Protector, a net layer launched in 1936 and converted to an Antarctic patrol ship in 1955. Sold in 1970 for breaking up.
  • HMS Protector, a patrol vessel launched as the commercial vessel Seaforth Saga in 1975, purchased by the Royal Navy in 1983 and sold in 1987.
  • HMS Protector, the Antarctic patrol ship (ex-MV Polarbjørn); chartered in 2011 and purchased in 2013 as a replacement for HMS Endurance.

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