HMS Pelican

HMS Pelican

Sixteen ships of the Royal Navy have been named HMS "Pelican", after the bird, while another was planned:

*"Pelican" was an 18-gun privateer. She was part of Sir Francis Drake's global circumnavigation expedition in 1577 and was renamed "Golden Hind" in 1578. It is unlikely that she was ever commissioned in the Royal Navy.
*HMS "Pelican" was a ship captured in 1626 and sold in 1629.
*HMS "Pelican" was a 10-gun ship in Royalist service between 1646 and 1648 during the English Civil War.
*HMS "Pelican" was a 38-gun ship launched in 1650 and burnt by accident in 1656.
*HMS "Pelican" was a 16-gun sloop, previously in civilian service as "St George". She was purchased in 1757 and sold in 1763.
*HMS "Pelican" was a 10-gun schooner, originally a French privateer. She was captured in 1775 and assigned to harbour duties in 1776. She was renamed "Earl of Denbigh" in 1777 and sank in 1787.
*HMS "Pelican" was a 24-gun sixth rate launched in 1777. She foundered in 1781.
*HMS "Pelican" was a 16-gun brig-sloop, originally the French privateer "Frederic". She was captured in 1781 by HMS "Emerald" and was sold in 1783.
*HMS "Pelican" was an 18-gun sloop launched in 1795 and sold in 1806.
*HMS "Pelican" was a 16-gun brig-sloop, previously the French privateer "Voltigeur". She was captured in 1806 by HMS "Pique" and was sold in 1812.
*HMS "Pelican" was an 18-gun "Cruizer" class brig-sloop launched in 1812. She was reassigned as a customs watchvessel in 1847 and was renamed "WV" 29 in 1863, finally being sold in 1865.
*HMS "Pelican" was a wood screw sloop launched in 1860 and sold into civilian service in 1867 and renamed "Hawk". She was resold to the Portuguese Navy and renamed "Infanta Dom Henrique".
*HMS "Pelican" was a composite screw "Osprey"-class sloop launched in 1877. She was sold to the Hudson's Bay Company as a supply ship in 1901 and was scuttled in 1953.
*HMS "Pelican" was tender, previously the War Department vessel "Sir J. Jones". She was transferred to the Royal Navy in 1906. She was renamed HMS "Petulant" in 1916 and was sold in 1927.
*HMS "Pelican" was an M class destroyer launched in 1916 and sold for breaking up in 1921. She was actually broken up in 1924.
*HMS "Pelican" was an "Egret"-class sloop launched in 1938 and broken up in 1958.
*HMS "Pelican" was to have been a survey vessel, but she was cancelled in 1967.

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