HMS Curlew

HMS Curlew

Nine ships and a base of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS "Curlew" after the bird, the curlew:

* was a 16-gun brig sloop launched in 1795 and foundered in 1796.
* was a 16-gun sloop, previously named "Leander", purchased in 1803 and sold in 1810.
* was a 18-gun brig sloop of the "Cruizer" class launched in 1812 and sold in 1822, being renamed "Jenica".
* was a 10-gun brig sloop of the "Cherokee" class launched in 1830 and broken up in 1840.
* was a screw sloop launched in 1854 and sold in 1865.
* was a wood screw gunvessel launched in 1868 and sold in 1882.
* was a torpedo sloop launched in 1885 and sold in 1906.
* was a C class cruiser launched in 1917 and sunk in 1940.
* HMAS "Curlew" was a Ton class minesweeper, launched in 1953 as HMS "Montrose", renamed HMS "Chediston" in 1958 and then HMAS "Curlew" on her transfer to the Royal Australian Navy in 1962. She was paid off in 1990, and sold in 1997. She was taken to Hobart in 1998 where there are plans as of 2003 to preserve her as a museum ship.

* HMS "Curlew" was a Naval Air Station near St Merryn, Cornwall, previously named HMS "Vulture". She was HMS "Vulture" from her commissioning in 1940 until 1952, when she was renamed HMS "Curlew". She was closed in 1956 and sold in 1959.


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