The Info List - HMS Shark

Thirteen ships of the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
have been named HMS Shark
(or HMS Sharke) after the shark:

HMS Sharke (1691) was an 8-gun brigantine launched in 1691 and sold in 1698. HMS Sharke (1699) was a 14-gun sloop launched in 1699 and captured by French forces in 1703. HMS Sharke (1711) was a 14-gun sloop launched in 1711, rebuilt in 1722 and sold in 1732. HMS Shark (1732) was a 14-gun sloop launched in 1732 and sold in 1755. HMS Shark (1776) was a 16-gun sloop purchased on the stocks in 1775 and launched in 1776. She was converted to a fireship and renamed HMS Salamander in 1778, and was sold in 1783. She then became the mercantile Salamander and was seriatem a whaler, convict transport to Australia, whaler, and slaver. She is last listed in Lloyd's Register in 1811. HMS Shark (1779) was a 16-gun sloop launched in 1779. She was used as a receiving ship on the Jamaica station from 1803 to 1816 and foundered in Port Royal harbor in 1818; her remains were sold a few months later.[1] HMS Shark (1780) was a 28-gun sixth rate bought in 1780 that foundered with the loss of her entire crew during a storm off North America in 1780.[2] HMS Shark (1794) was a 4-gun Dutch hoy purchased in 1794 and handed over to French forces in 1795 at La Hogue
La Hogue
by her crew during a mutiny.[3] HMS Shark (1894) was a Rocket-class destroyer launched in 1894 and broken up in 1911. HMS Shark (1912) was an Acasta-class destroyer launched in 1912. She was sunk at the battle of Jutland in 1916. HMS Shark (1918) was an S-class destroyer launched in 1918 and scrapped in 1931. HMS Shark (54S) was an S-class submarine launched in 1934. She was disabled by an air attack in 1940 and sank the next day. HMS Shark
was an S-class destroyer launched in 1943. She was transferred to the Royal Norwegian Navy
Royal Norwegian Navy
on completion in 1944 and renamed HNoMS Svenner. She was sunk later that year.

Citations and references[edit]


^ Winfield (2008), p.247. ^ Hepper (1994), p.60. ^ Hepper (1994), p.79.


Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
(Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.  Hepper, David J. (1994) British Warship Losses in the Age of Sail, 1650-1859. (Rotherfield: Jean Boudriot). ISBN 0-948864-30-3 Winfield, Rif (2008). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793–1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 1-86176-246-1. 

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