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Thirty-nine vessels of the Royal Navy and its predecessors have borne the name Swallow,[Note 1] as has one dockyard craft, two vessels of the British East India Company, and at least two revenue cutters, all after the bird, the Swallow:
- Mary Fortune was a ship launched in 1497, renamed Swallow when rebuilt in 1512.
- Swallow (1544) was a 53-gun ship launched in 1544, rebuilt in 1558 and 1580 and sold in 1603.
- Swallow (1558) was a discovery vessel listed in the Arctic in 1558 and captured by the Spanish in 1568.
- Swallow (1573) was an 8-gun pinnace built in 1573 and condemned in 1603.
- Swallow (1583) was a vessel listed in Newfoundland in 1583.
- Swallow (1634) was a 40-gun ship launched in 1634. She served in the Royalist Navy from 1648 and was sold in 1653.
- Swallow (1657) was a 6-gun ketch launched in 1657 and given to the Irish Packet Service in 1661.
- HMS Swallow (1653) was a 40-gun ship launched in 1653 as Gainsborough. She was renamed HMS Swallow in 1660 and was wrecked in 1692.
- HMS Swallow (1661) was a 6-gun ketch purchased 1661, sold 1674.
- HMS Swallow (1672) was a 2-gun sloop launched in 1672 and lost in 1673.
- HMS Swallow (1699) was a 6-gun sloop launched in 1699 and captured by a French privateer in 1703.
- HMS Swallow (1703) was a 54-gun fourth rate launched in 1703, rebuilt in 1719 and broken up in 1728.
- HMS Swallow (1732) was a 60-gun fourth rate launched in 1732. She was renamed HMS Princess Louisa in 1737 and was broken up in 1742.
- HMS Swallow was a Merlin class sloop launched in 1744 as HMS Galgo. She was renamed HMS Swallow that year, but was wrecked at the end of 1744.
- HMS Swallow (1745) was a 14-gun Merlin class sloop launched in 1745, used for the impress service from 1762 and sold in 1769.
- HMS Swallow (1766) was a discovery vessel serving in the Pacific in 1766 and broken up in 1769.
- HMS Swallow (1769) was a 14-gun Swallow class ship sloop launched in 1769. She foundered in 1778.
- HMS Swallow (1779) was a 14-gun brig-rigged sloop launched in 1779 and driven ashore in 1781.
- HMS Swallow (1781) was a 16-gun brig-rigged sloop, previously a cutter purchased on the stocks and launched in 1781. She was sold in 1795.
- HMS Swallow (1795) was an 18-gun brig-sloop launched in 1795 and sold in 1802. She then became a privateer, and a whaler.
- HMS Swallow (1805) was an 18-gun Cruizer-class brig-sloop launched in 1805 and broken up in 1815.
- HMS Swallow (1824) was a 10-gun brig-sloop, formerly the packet Marquis of Salisbury. She was purchased in 1824 and sold in 1836.
- HMS Swallow (1831) was a wooden paddle packet, previously the General Post Office vessel Ferret. She was launched in 1831, transferred to the Royal Navy in 1837 and was broken up in 1848.
- HMS Swallow (1854) was a Swallow class sloop launched in 1854 and sold in 1866.
- HMS Swallow (1868) was a Plover class gunvessel launched in 1868 and sold in 1882.
- HMS Swallow (1885) was a Nymphe class sloop launched in 1885 and sold in 1904.
- HMS Swallow (1918) was an S-class destroyer launched in 1918, handed over to the breakers in part payment for RMS Majestic in 1936, and subsequently broken up.
- HMS Swallow was to have been a C-class destroyer. She was renamed HMS Caprice in 1942 and launched in 1943.
- HMS Swallow was a Peacock class patrol corvette launched in 1984. She was sold to the Irish Naval Service in 1988 and renamed LÉ Ciara.
- The Swallow of 1770 was a 14-gun ketch launched in 1770 at Bombay, and lost in 1776.
- The Swallow of 1777 was a 14-gun packet launched in 1777 at Bombay. She was sold to the Danish in 1780, recaptured in 1782, and possibly being named Silly. She was sold into mercantile service in 1784.
- Swallow (Royal Navy tender): at least two vessels named Swallow have served the Royal Navy as ship's tenders, one from 1793 to 1795, and a second from 1811 to 1825.
- HMS Swallow Prize
- HM Revenue cutter Swallow captured the French privateer Petit Diable, of six tons burthen, off Farleigh on 27 August 1796. Petit Diable had a crew of 14. Swallow brought her into Rye.
Notes, citations, and references
- In accordance with Wikipedia naming conventions, the prefix HMS is not used in this index for ships before 1660. The term "His Majesty's Ship" was introduced around 1660 and was routinely abbreviated HMS from about 1780 onwards.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
- Winfield, Rif (2007). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714–1792: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 978-1-84415-700-6.
- Winfield, Rif (2008). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793–1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 1-86176-246-1.
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