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HMS Unicorn

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Eleven ships of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Unicorn, after the mythological creature, the unicorn:

  • HMS Unicorn (1544) was a 36-gun ship captured from Scotland in 1544 and sold in 1555.
  • HMS Unicorn (1634) was a 56-gun ship launched in 1634 and sold in 1687.
  • HMS Unicorn (1665) (or Little Unicorn) was an 18-gun fire ship originally in Dutch service as the Eenhoorn. She was captured in 1665 and expended on 4 June 1666, on the fourth day of the Four Days' Battle.
  • HMS Unicorn (1666) was a 6-gun purchased in 1666 and sunk as a blockship at Chatham on 11 June 1667, together with five other vessels, in a futile attempt to block the Dutch from advancing up the River Medway.
  • HMS Unicorn (1748) was a 28-gun sixth rate launched in 1748 and broken up in 1771.
  • HMS Unicorn (1776) was a 20-gun post ship launched in 1776. The French frigate Andromaque captured her on 4 October 1780 and HMS Resource recaptured her in April 1781. Unicorn was broken up at Deptford in 1787.
  • HMS Unicorn (1782) was a 36-gun fifth rate launched in 1782. She was renamed HMS Thalia in 1783 and was broken up in 1814.
  • HMS Unicorn (1794) was a 32-gun fifth rate launched in 1794 and broken up in 1815.
  • HMS Unicorn (1824) is a Leda-class frigate, launched in 1824 and converted to a powder hulk in 1860. She was a Royal Naval Reserve drill ship from 1873. She was renamed Unicorn II in 1913 and Cressy from 1941 until 1959. She was handed over to a preservation society in 1968 and is preserved in Dundee as a museum ship.
  • HMS Unicorn (I72) was an aircraft maintenance carrier, launched in 1941 and broken up in 1960.
  • HMS Unicorn (S43) was an Upholder-class submarine launched in 1992. She was sold to Canada in 2001, who renamed her HMCS Windsor.
  • Battle Honours

  • Armada 1588
  • Cadiz 1596
  • Porto Farina 1655
  • Santa Cruz 1657
  • Lowestoft 1665
  • Orfordness 1666
  • Sole Bay 1672
  • Schooneveld 1673
  • Texel 1673
  • "Vestale" 1761
  • "Tribune" 1796
  • Basque Roads 1809
  • Salerno 1943
  • Okinawa 1945
  • Korea 1950-53
  • References

    HMS Unicorn Wikipedia


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