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HMS Experiment

 

Below is some genealogy information on the Experiment, a ship from the Royal Navy, that may help searches for military ancestors.

Theatres of War, Army Regiments, Naval Detachments, RAF

Building of the Royal Navy (900-1793).

Description: The first ship to bear the name HMS Experiment was a sloop launched in 1664. She was lost in 1687.

The second ship to bear this name was a 4-gun sloop launched in 1667. She ceased service in 1882.

The third ship to bear this name was a 32-gun fifth-rate launched in 1689. She was broken up in 1738.

The fourth ship to bear this name was a 24-gun sixth-rate launched in 1740. In 1757 she captured the French ship Telemaque. She was sold in 1763.

The fifth ship to bear this name was a storeship launched in 1765. She was sold in 1768.

The sixth ship to bear this name was a gunboat launched in 1772.

The seventh ship to bear this name was a 50-gun fourth-rate launched in 1774. In 1778 she captured the USS Raleigh. She was taken into service as HMS Raleigh. She was captured by the French in 1778.

The eighth ship to bear this name was a 14-gun brig-sloop launched in 1781. She was sold in 1785. 

French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Description: The ninth ship to bear the name HMS Experiment was a 44-gun fifth-rate launched in 1794. She was used as an armed storeship from 1795. In 1796 she captured the Sophia (all with HMS Pomone, HMS Anson, HMS Artois, HMS Dolly and HMS Galatea). In 1799 she captured the French ship Norman. She was used for harbour service from 1805.

  • 1795-1795: Lieutenant John Barrett.

The tenth ship to bear this name was a 10-gun lugger launched in 1793. She was captured by the Spanish in 1796. She was recaptured in 1806 by HMS Felicity but was not taken back into service.

  • 1796-1796: Captain George Hayes.

The eleventh ship to bear this name was a fireship bought in 1794. She was sold in 1801. The twelfth ship to bear this name was a 2-gun gunboat launched in 1799. She ceased service in 1809.

Pax Britannica (1815-1895)

Description: The ninth ship was sold in 1836.

The thirteenth ship to bear the name HMS Experiment was a wooden paddle sloop launched in 1838. She was sold in 1848.

  • 1843-1843: Lieutenant James Michael Boxer.
  • 1843-1843: Lieutenant James Harper.

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