HMS Ceres

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Three ships and three shore establishments of the Royal Navy have been named HMS Ceres, after the goddess Ceres of Roman mythology.


  • HMS Ceres (1777) was an 18-gun sloop launched in 1777 that the French frigate Iphigénie captured in December 1778 off Saint Lucia. The British recaptured her in 1782 and renamed her Raven, only to have the French recapture her again early in 1783. The French returned her name to Cérès and she served in the French Navy until sold at Brest in 1791.[1]
  • HMS Ceres (1781) was a 32-gun fifth rate launched in 1781 and broken up in 1830. Because Ceres served in the navy's Egyptian campaign between 8 March 1801 and 2 September, her officers and crew qualified for the clasp "Egypt" to the Naval General Service Medal, which the Admiralty issued in 1847 to all surviving claimants.[2]
  • HMS Ceres (D59) was a C-class light cruiser launched in 1917 and sold and broken up in 1946.

Shore establishments

Battle honours[edit]


  1. ^ Demerliac (1996), p. 72, #453.
  2. ^ "No. 21077". The London Gazette. 15 March 1850. pp. 791–792. 
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  4. ^ Thomas, David A. (1998). Battles & Honours of the Royal Navy. Barnsley: Pen & Sword. ISBN 085052-623-X.


  • Demerliac, Alain (1996) La Marine De Louis XVI: Nomenclature Des Navires Français De 1774 À 1792. (Nice: Éditions OMEGA). ISBN 2-906381-23-3.