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Eight ships of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Sapphire, after the Sapphire, a precious gemstone:

  • HMS Sapphire (1651) was a 34-gun ship launched in 1651 and run ashore to avoid capture in 1671.
  • HMS Sapphire (1675) was a 32-gun fifth rate frigate launched in 1675 and scuttled by her captain (Capt. Thomas Cleasby) to prevent capture by the French in 1696.
  • HMS Sapphire (1708) was a 42-gun fourth rate launched in 1708, hulked in 1740 and sold in 1745.
  • HMS Sapphire (1741) was a 44-gun fifth rate launched in 1741. She was reduced to 32 guns in 1756 and had been hulked by 1780. She was sold in 1784,
  • HMS Sapphire (1806) was an 18-gun sloop launched in 1806 and sold in 1822.
  • HMS Sapphire (1827) was a 28-gun sixth rate launched in 1827 and sold in 1864.
  • HMS Sapphire (1874) was a Amethyst class wooden screw corvette launched in 1874 and sold in 1892.
  • HMS Sapphire (1904) was a Topaze class third-class protected cruiser launched in 1904 and sold for scrap in 1921.
  • References

    HMS Sapphire Wikipedia

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