HMS Vulcan

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Eight ships and a shore establishment of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Vulcan, after the god Vulcan, of Roman mythology:

Ships[edit]

  • HMS Vulcan was an 8-gun fireship launched in 1691 and sunk as a breakwater in 1709.
  • HMS Vulcan was an 8-gun fireship, previously the civilian Hunter. She was purchased in 1739 and hulked in 1743.
  • HMS Vulcan was an 8-gun fireship, previously the civilian Mary. She was purchased in 1745 and sold in 1749.
  • HMS Vulcan was an 8-gun fireship, previously an American merchantman. She was purchased in 1777 and destroyed in 1782 to prevent her capture.
  • HMS Vulcan was a 14-gun fireship launched in 1783. She was destroyed in 1793 to prevent her capture.
  • HMS Vulcan was a 10-gun bomb vessel, previously the civilian Hector. She was purchased in 1796 and was sold in 1802.
  • HMS Vulcan was to have been an iron paddle frigate. She was renamed HMS Birkenhead in 1843 before being launched in 1845.
  • HMS Vulcan was an iron screw frigate launched in 1849. She was converted to a troopship in 1851 and was sold in 1867 as the barque Jorawur.
  • HMS Vulcan was a depot ship launched in 1889. She was converted to a training hulk and renamed HMS Defiance III in 1931 and was scrapped in 1955. Two replacement ships were named HMS Vulcan II:
    • HMS Onyx was HMS Vulcan II between 1919 and 1924.
    • HMS Lily was HMS Vulcan II between 1923 and 1930.
  • HMS Vulcan (1937) was a trawler used as a depot ship for Coastal Forces, then serving as a repair ship for a minesweeping flotilla, being paid off in 1947. HMS Vulcan was involved in lifesaving after the Air Raid on Bari and had some mustard gas casualties as a result.

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