HMS Vernon

HMS Vernon

Two ships and a training establishment of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS "Vernon", possibly after Admiral Edward Vernon:

*HMS "Vernon" was a 14-gun armed ship listed between 1781 and 1782.
*HMS "Vernon" was a 50-gun fourth rate launched in 1832. She became tender to the Navy's gunnery school HMS "Excellent", and then the torpedo school ship in 1876. She was renamed HMS "Actaeon" in 1886 and sold in 1923.
*HMS "Vernon" was the torpedo school established in 1876. She remained in commission until 1996, using a number of different hulked ships as her home until she moved ashore in 1923. Ships that have been named "Vernon" whilst part of the school include:
**HMS "Ariadne" - was jointly commissioned as "Vernon" with the original "Vernon" in 1876 and was used until 1886.
**HMS "Donegal" - was "Vernon" from 1886.
**HMS "Marlborough" - was "Vernon II" from 1895.
**HMS "Warrior" - was "Vernon III" from 1904.
**HMS "Actaeon" (the original HMS "Vernon" (1832)) - was renamed "Vernon IV" in 1904.
**HMS "Skylark" - a minelaying tender, was renamed "Vernon" in 1938.

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