HMS Swan

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Twenty ships of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Swan, or the archaic HMS Swann, probably after the bird, the Swan:

  • English ship Swann (1417) was a balinger acquired 1417 and sold 1423.
  • English ship Swann (1672) was a vessel sailing with Sir Francis Drake in 1572.
  • English ship Swann (1577) was a flyboat sailing with Drake in 1577. She was lost in 1578.
  • English ship Swann (1632) was a 'frigat' listed in service between 1632 and 1633.
  • English ship Swan (1641) was a ship launched in 1641 and wrecked in 1653.
  • HMS Swann was a 22-gun ship captured in 1652 and sold in 1654.
  • HMS Swann was a 6-gun flyboat captured from the Dutch in 1665 and sold in 1666.
  • HMS Swann was a smack launched in 1666 and captured by the Dutch in 1673.
  • HMS Swann was a 2-gun fireship purchased in 1667 and expended that year.
  • HMS Swann was a 32-gun fifth rate captured from the Dutch in 1673. She was converted into a 10-gun fireship between 1688 and 1689 and was wrecked in 1692.
  • HMS Swann was a sixth rate captured from the Algerians in 1684 and sold that year.
  • HMS Swann was a 24-gun sixth rate launched in 1694. She foundered in 1707.
  • HMS Swann was a 12-gun sixth rate launched in 1709 and sold in 1713.
  • HMS Swan was a 14-gun sloop launched in 1745 and sold in 1763.
  • HMS Swan was a 14-gun sloop launched in 1767. She bore the name HMS Explosion between 1779 and 1783 whilst being used as a fireship. She was sold in 1814.
  • HMS Swan was an 18-gun sloop, previously purchased from civilian service in 1781 and named HMS Bonetta. She was renamed HMS Swan in 1782, but capsized later that year.
  • HMS Swan was a 10-gun cutter purchased in 1788 for the Revenue Service, transferred to the Royal Navy in 1790 and wrecked in 1792.
  • HMS Swan was a 10-gun cutter purchased in 1792 for the Revenue Service, transferred to the Royal Navy in 1795 and captured that year by the French. In October 1810, HMS Owen Glendower captured the French privateer cutter Indomptable, of 16 guns and 130 men, and sent her into Plymouth. The privateer was described as the former revenue cutter Swan, of Cowes.[1]
  • HMS Swan was a 10-gun Nimble class cutter launched in 1811, lent to the Church Mission Society in 1844, and broken up in 1874.
  • HMS Swan was an Albacore-class wooden screw gunboat launched in 1856, used as a coal hulk from 1869 and sold in 1906.

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  1. ^ Lloyd's List, n.4499,[1] -accessed 10 February 2014.