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Seven ships of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Bittern, after the bird, the bittern:

  • HMS Bittern (1796) was an 18-gun sloop launched in 1796 and sold in 1833.
  • HMS Bittern (1840) was a 12-gun brig launched in 1840 and sold in 1860.
  • HMS Bittern (1861) was to have been a wood screw sloop. She was ordered in 1861, but construction was cancelled in 1864.
  • HMS Bittern (1869) was a wood screw gunvessel launched in 1869 and sold in 1887.
  • HMS Bittern (1897) was an Avon class destroyer launched in 1897 and sunk in a collision in 1918.
  • HMS Bittern was to have been a Bittern class sloop, but she was renamed HMS Enchantress before her launch.
  • HMS Bittern (L07) was a Bittern class sloop, launched in 1937 and sunk in 1940.
  • References

    HMS Bittern Wikipedia

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