HMS Ranger

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Fifteen ships of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Ranger

  • HMS Ranger was a 24-gun sixth rate, previously the French privateer Deux Couronnes. She was captured in 1747 by HMS Gloucester.
  • HMS Ranger was an 8-gun sloop launched in 1752 and sold in 1783.
  • HMS Ranger was a cutter purchased in 1779. She was renamed HMS Pigmy in 1781 and converted into a sloop. She was sold in 1784.
  • HMS Ranger was a 14-gun cutter purchased in 1787, which the French captured in 1794. The British recaptured her in 1797 and renamed her HMS Venturer. She was sold in 1803.
  • HMS Ranger was a 16-gun sloop launched in 1794. She was captured and burnt by the French in 1805.
  • HMS Ranger was a 12-gun cutter, formerly the Revenue cutter Rose, purchased in 1797. She was discarded in 1802.
  • HMS Ranger was a 16-gun cutter launched in 1806 and purchased by the Navy. She was renamed HMS Pigmy later in 1806 and was lost in 1814.
  • HMS Ranger was an 18-gun sloop launched in 1807 and broken up in 1814.
  • HMS Ranger was a 28-gun sixth rate launched in 1820 and sold in 1832.
  • HMS Ranger was an 8-gun packet brig launched in 1835, hulked in 1860 and sold in 1867.
  • HMS Ranger was a Philomel class wood screw gunboat, launched in 1859 and sold in 1869.
  • HMS Ranger was an Algerine class composite screw gunboat launched in 1880. She was sold as a salvage vessel in 1892, and hired between 1914 and 1919 as an ammunition hulk. She was broken up in 1947.
  • HMS Ranger was a Sunfish class destroyer launched in 1895 and sold in 1920.
  • HMS Ranger was to have been a C class destroyer. She was renamed HMS Caesar in 1942 before being launched in 1944.
  • HMS Ranger is an Archer class patrol vessel, launched in 1986, completed in 1988, and currently in service.

In addition to these ships, a sloop named Ranger was temporarily hired in 1718 to take part in the successful hunt for the notorious pirate Blackbeard, but does not appear to have ever formally been a part of the Navy.

In fiction[edit]

A fictitious Polaris Resolution class submarine captured in the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me" was also named HMS Ranger.