HMS Squirrel (1582)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Squirrel.
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Squirrel
Fate: Lost with all hands on 9 September 1583[1] in a storm near the Azores
General characteristics
Displacement: 8 or 10 tons[1]
Complement: 10[1]

HMS Squirrel was a discovery vessel launched in 1582 and lost with all hands in 1583.

The Squirrel was the ship used in Sir Humphrey Gilbert's early 1580s expedition to Newfoundland and the north-eastern coast of North America under the command of Simon Fernandez.[1][2] The initial aim of the voyage was to reach the area of Narrangansett Bay, which it did before returning to England within three months.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "GILBERT (Gylberte, Jilbert), SIR HUMPHREY". Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online. University of Toronto. 2000. Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ "NMM, vessel ID 376281". Warship Histories, vol x. National Maritime Museum. Retrieved 2 August 2011.