HMS Racoon

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Six ships of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Racoon, after the Raccoon:

  • HMS Racoon was a 14-gun brig-sloop, purchased in 1780. In 1782 she was under the command of Edmund Nagle.[1] The French frigates Aigle and Gloire captured her off the Delaware River in September 1782. The very next day a small British squadron, led by Captain G.K. Elphinston in Warwick, chased the three vessels up the river. The British were able to capture Aigle, and with her all of Racoon‍ '​s crew.[2] Racoon herself escaped and was last listed at Rochefort in 1785.[3]
  • HMS Racoon was a 16-gun brig-sloop launched in 1795 and broken up in 1806.
  • HMS Racoon was an 18-gun sloop launched in 1808. She was used as a convict ship from 1819 and was sold in 1838.
  • HMS Racoon was a wood screw sloop launched in 1857 and broken up in 1877.
  • HMS Racoon was a torpedo cruiser launched in 1887 and sold in 1905.
  • HMS Racoon was a Beagle-class destroyer launched in 1910 and wrecked in 1918.

See also[edit]

  • HMCS Raccoon was the former civilian yacht Halonia before being commissioned into the RCN in 1940. She was sunk by U-165 in 1942.


  1. ^ "NMM, vessel ID 374132" (PDF). Warship Histories, vol iii. National Maritime Museum. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 12388. pp. 3–4. 12 November 1782.
  3. ^ Demerliac (1996), p.81, #530.


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