List of ships and sailors of the Royal Navy

List of ships and sailors of the Royal Navy

This page is a list of famous ships and sailors of the Royal Navy. The list is composed of famous sailors of the Royal Navy e.g. Horatio Nelson. The list also includes people who are famous and have served with the Royal Navy at some point e.g. Alec Guinness. This list also ships that have become famous in their own right e.g. Mary Rose.

Notable ships

*"Mary Rose" — sank in 1545 off Portsmouth
*"Golden Hind" — flagship of Sir Francis Drake's circumnavigation and raid on Spanish shipping.
*"Ark Royal" — flagship of English Fleet against the Spanish Armada. As of 2005, the current "Ark Royal" is an "Invincible"-class aircraft carrier that saw action in the 2003 Iraq conflict
*"Revenge" — actively engaged Spanish Armada; later became the subject of a poem by Lord Tennyson detailing her heroic fight against a large Spanish force in 1591.
*"Bounty" — scene of the famous mutiny.
*"Victory" — Nelson's flagship. This ship is still officially in service and is the world's oldest commissioned warship and the flagship of the Second Sea Lord
*"Beagle" — carried Charles Darwin on his voyage.
*"Warrior" — Britain's first iron hulled, armoured battleship
*"Dreadnought" — first "all big-gun" battleship
*"Warspite" — fought at Jutland and through the Second World War
*"Hood" — battlecruiser destroyed by the "Bismarck"
*"Vanguard" — last battleship built for the Royal Navy & also ran aground in Portsmouth Harbour
*"Dreadnought" — first British nuclear-powered submarine
*"Resolution" — first British strategic ballistic missile submarine
*"Invincible" — light aircraft carrier
*"Intrepid" — end of the Falklands War signed aboard
*"Conqueror" — The only nuclear powered submarine to sink an enemy ship.

Notable sailors

"In approximate chronological order."

*Sir Humphrey Gilbert
*Sir Martin Frobisher
*Sir Francis Drake
*Robert Blake
*George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle
*James, Duke of York
*William Penn
*Edward Montagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich
*George Anson, 1st Baron Anson
*Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke
*John Benbow
*Edward Boscawen
*George Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney
*Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe
*Thomas Fischmann
*Samuel Barrington
*Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood
*William IV of the United Kingdom
*Richard Kempenfelt
*John Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent
*James Cook
*James Saumarez, 1st Baron de Saumarez
*Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth
*Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson
*Thomas Hardy, 1st Sea Lord
*Sir George Cockburn, 10th Baronet
*Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood
*Admiral Sir James Stirling
*Sir Sidney Smith
*Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald
*Sir James Vashon
*George Vancouver
*William Bligh
*Sir John Franklin
*Charles Robert Malden
*Jackie Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher
*Robert Falcon Scott
*John Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe
*David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty
*William Boyle, 12th Earl of Cork
*Andrew Cunningham, 1st Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope
*James Somerville
*Bertram Ramsay
*Max Horton
*Philip Vian
*Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma
*Frederic John Walker
*Sir John "Sandy" Woodward
*Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
*Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
*Prince Andrew, Duke of York
*Prince William of Wales

Famous people

*Alec Guinness, actor, served during World War II, initially as a rating but later commissioned.
*Ralph Richardson, actor, served as a lieutenant-commander during World War II.
*Sir Laurence Olivier, actor, served in the Fleet Air Arm during World War II, rising to the rank of lieutenant.
*Harry H. Corbett, actor famous for "Steptoe and Son", served in the Royal Marines during later part of World War II.
*Peter O'Toole, actor, served as a radioman during his National Service.
*Sean Connery, actor, served in the Royal Navy during his National Service.
*Sir Ludovic Kennedy, journalist, broadcaster and author served in the Royal Navy during World War II.
*Prince Albert of York, later George VI of the United Kingdom, served as midshipman during World War I.
*William Golding, novelist and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, served as a lieutenant and was present at the sinking of the German battleship "Bismarck".

ee also

*Royal Navy


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