HMS Nabob

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Two ships of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Nabob, for a Nabob, which is an Anglo-Indian term for a conspicuously wealthy man who made his fortune in the Orient, especially in the Indian subcontinent.

  • HMS Nabob was the East Indiaman Triton, launched in 1766, which the Navy bought in 1777 for use as a storeship, converted to a hospital ship in 1780, and then sold in 1783.[1]
  • HMS Nabob (D77) was the ex-USS Edisto, an escort carrier launched in 1943 and provided to the United Kingdom on Lend-Lease. She was torpedoed in 1944, not repaired, and sold to the Netherlands for breaking up in 1947, resold in 1951, and finally broken up in Taiwan in 1977.


  1. ^ Winfield (2007), p.359.

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