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Nine ships of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Racehorse:

  • HMS Racehorse was an 8-gun privateer captured from the French in 1757. She was on Arctic discovery in 1773. Captured by the American Andrea Doria in 1776 and destroyed by the Royal Navy in 1777 at Delaware Bay.
  • HMS Racehorse was a 16-gun sloop purchased in 1777 and sh0ortly thereafter renamed Senegal. The French 74-gun Hector captured her on 14 August 1778. The French renamed her Sénégal. Zephyr recaptured her on 2 November 1780 after an engagement that lasted five hours and in which the French lost 12 killed and 28 wounded, while the British lost two killed and four wounded.[1] The Royal Navy took her back into service as HMS Senegal. Senegal was at Gorée being repaired when she caught fire and exploded, with the loss of captain and 22 men.[2]
  • HMS Racehorse was a 10-gun schooner purchased in 1778. She was wrecked in 1779 at Beachy Head.
  • HMS Racehorse was a 16-gun sloop launched in 1781. She was broken up in 1799.
  • HMS Racehorse was an 18-gun Cruizer class brig-sloop launched in February 1806. She was wrecked in 1822 at the Isle of Man.
  • HMS Racehorse was a 18-gun sloop launched in 1830. She became a coal hulk in 1860 and was sold in 1901.
  • HMS Racehorse was a wood screw gunvessel launched in 1860. She was wrecked in 1864 near Yantai in China.
  • HMS Racehorse was a Greyhound class destroyer launched in 1900. She was sold in 1920, resold, and broken up in 1921.
  • HMS Racehorse was an R class destroyer launched in 1942. She was sold in 1949.

Citations[edit | edit source]

  1. "No. 12169". 10 March 1781. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/12169/page/ 
  2. Demerliac (1996), p.71, #446.

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