HMS Thorn

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Three vessels of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Thorn:

  • HMS Thorn (1779) was a 14-gun sloop launched in 1779 that two American frigates, USS Deane (1778) and USS Boston (1777) captured on 25 August 1779.[1] She became an American privateer with a number of successful engagements and prizes to her name until Arethusa captured her on 20 August 1782.[2] She then returned to service in the Royal Navy, serving until 1816 when she was sold.[3]
  • HMS Thorn (1900) was a destroyer launched in 1900 and broken up in 1919.[4]
  • HMS Thorn (N11) was a submarine launched in 1941 and sunk in the Mediterranean in 1942.

Citations and references[edit]


  1. ^ Hepper (1994), p.56.
  2. ^ "No. 12384". The London Gazette. 29 October 1782. p. 1. 
  3. ^ "No. 12384". The London Gazette. 29 October 1782. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "NMM, vessel ID 373438" (PDF). Warship Histories, vol iii. National Maritime Museum. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 


  • Hepper, David J. (1994). British Warship Losses in the Age of Sail, 1650-1859. Rotherfield: Jean Boudriot. ISBN 0-948864-30-3. 

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