Eight ships of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Dover, after the English town and seaport of Dover:

  • HMS Dover (1649) was a pink captured from the Royalists in 1649 and sold in 1650.
  • HMS Dover (1654) was a 48-gun ship launched in 1654, rebuilt in 1695 and 1716 and broken up in 1730.
  • HMS Dover (1672) was an 8-gun dogger captured from the Dutch in 1672 and given away in 1677.
  • HMS Dover (1740) was a 44-gun fifth rate launched in 1740 and sold in 1763.
  • HMS Dover (1786) was a 44-gun fifth rate launched in 1786, converted to an armed transport by 1799, and burnt by accident in 1806. Because Dover served in the navy's Egyptian campaign between 8 March 1801 and 2 September, her officers and crew qualified for the clasp "Egypt" to the Naval General Service Medal, which the Admiralty issued in 1847 to all surviving claimants.[1]
  • HMS Dover (1798) was a sailing barge of 57 tons (bm), built at Woolwich that the Navy purchased.
  • HMS Dover was a 38-gun fifth rate, previously the East Indiaman Carron. The Navy purchased her in 1804, named her HMS Duncan, and renamed her HMS Dover in 1807; she was wrecked in 1811.
  • HMS Dover (1811) was a 38-gun troopship, previously the Italian Royal Marine corvette Bellona, launched at Venice in 1808. She was captured in 1811, used for harbour service from 1825, and sold in 1836.
  • HMS Dover (1840) was an iron paddle packet launched in 1840. She was the first iron ship in the Royal Navy, and was sold in 1866.

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  1. ^ "No. 21077". The London Gazette. 15 March 1850. pp. 791–792.


Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8.