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HMS Challenger

Eight ships of the British Royal Navy have been named HMS Challenger, most famously the survey vessel Challenger that carried the Challenger expedition from 1872 to 1876.

  • The first Challenger was a 16-gun brig-sloop launched in 1806 and captured by the French in 1811.
  • The second Challenger was an 18-gun brig-sloop launched in 1813 and later used as a store hulk before being sold in 1824.
  • The third Challenger was a 28-gun 6th rate launched in 1826 and wrecked off Chile in 1835.
  • The fourth Challenger was to have been an 18-gun corvette of 810 tons; the ship was ordered from Chatham Dockyard in 1845, but cancelled in 1848.
  • The fifth Challenger was a screw corvette launched in 1858, converted to a survey ship in 1872 in preparation for her famous voyage, hulked in 1880, and sold in 1921.
  • The sixth Challenger was a 2nd class cruiser in service from 1902 to 1920.
  • The seventh Challenger was a survey ship launched in 1931 and broken up 1954.
  • The eighth Challenger, the RN's first purpose built ship for support of saturation diving missions, was launched in 1981 and sold in 1993.
Last updated: 05-23-2005 01:08:04