HMS Vernon
Two ships and a training establishment of the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
The Royal Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces. Founded in the 16th century, it is the oldest service branch and is known as the Senior Service...

 have borne the name HMS Vernon, possibly after Admiral
Admiral is the rank, or part of the name of the ranks, of the highest naval officers. It is usually considered a full admiral and above vice admiral and below admiral of the fleet . It is usually abbreviated to "Adm" or "ADM"...

 Edward Vernon
Edward Vernon
Edward Vernon was an English naval officer. Vernon was born in Westminster, England and went to Westminster School. He joined the Navy in 1700 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1702 and served on several different ships for the next five years...

  • 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
    The modern torpedo is a self-propelled missile weapon with an explosive warhead, launched above or below the water surface, propelled underwater towards a target, and designed to detonate either on contact with it or in proximity to it.The term torpedo was originally employed for...

     school ship
    School ship
    A training ship is a ship used to train students as sailors. The term is especially used for ships employed by navies to train future officers. Essentially there are two types: those used for training at sea and old hulks used to house classrooms....

     in 1876. She was renamed HMS Actaeon in 1886 and sold in 1923.
  • HMS Vernon
    HMS Vernon (shore establishment)
    HMS Vernon was a shore establishment or 'stone frigate' of the Royal Navy. Vernon was established on 26 April 1876 as the Royal Navy's Torpedo Branch and operated until 1 April 1996, when the various elements comprising the establishment were split up and moved to different commands.-Foundation...

     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
      HMS Donegal (1858)
      HMS Donegal was a 101-gun screw-driven first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 23 September 1858 at Devonport Dockyard....

       was Vernon from 1886.
    • HMS Marlborough
      HMS Marlborough (1855)
      HMS Marlborough was a first-rate three-decker 131 gun screw ship built for the Royal Navy in 1855. She was begun as a sailing ship of the line , but was completed to a modified design and converted to steam on the stocks.She served as flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet from 1858-64 HMS...

       was Vernon II from 1895.
    • HMS Warrior
      HMS Warrior (1860)
      HMS Warrior was the first iron-hulled, armour-plated warship, built for the Royal Navy in response to the first ironclad warship, the French Gloire, launched a year earlier....

       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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