HMS Bellerophon

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Four ships of the Royal Navy have been named HMS Bellerophon after the hero Bellerophon in Greek mythology, whilst another two were planned:

  • HMS Bellerophon (1786) was a 74-gun third rate launched in 1786. She became a prison ship in 1815, was renamed HMS Captivity in 1824, and was sold in 1836.
  • HMS Bellerophon was an 80-gun third rate, originally named HMS Talavera but renamed HMS Waterloo before her launch in 1818. She was renamed HMS Bellerophon in 1824, relegated to harbour service in 1848. She then saw active service at Sebastopol during the Crimean War 1854 - 56. Her gun crews manned off-loaded guns ashore and were nicknamed "The Bellerophon Doves'. She sustained some damage during the bombardment of Sebastopol and was finally sold for breaking up in 1892.
  • HMS Bellerophon (1865) was an ironclad battleship launched in 1865. She was renamed Indus III in 1904 and used for training, and was sold in 1922.
  • HMS Bellerophon (1907) was a Bellerophon-class battleship launched in 1907 and sold for breaking up in 1921.
  • HMS Bellerophon was to have been a Minotaur-class cruiser. She was ordered in 1942, but was renamed HMS Blake before construction started in 1944.
  • HMS Bellerophon was to have been a Minotaur-class cruiser. She was renamed HMS Tiger in 1945 whilst under construction and was launched later that year.

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