HMS Ranger

Fifteen ships of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Ranger

His Majesty's hired armed vesselsEdit

A series of hired armed vessels were hired by the Royal Navy;

  • A sloop named Ranger was temporarily hired in 1718 to take part in the successful hunt for the notorious pirate Blackbeard, but does not appear to have ever formally been a part of the Navy.
  • In July 1809 the Royal Navy hired ten open boats, all between 14 and 16 tons (bm), for less than a month to serve as pilot boats for the unfortunate Walcheren Campaign. One of these boats was named Ranger.[1]
  • Lastly, in January 1810, the RN hired the ship Ranger, of 16 guns, for several weeks.[1] This may have been the Ranger, of 326 tons (bm), Deanham, master.[2]

British Revenue vesselEdit

  • HMS Ranger was a revenue cutter operating off Great Yarmouth. In April 1821, under the command of Captain Sayer, she seized about 400 tubs of Geneva from a smuggling vessel, but was lost in a gale in October 1822 off Happisburgh, with no attempt being made by locals to rescue the crew. [3][4]

In fictionEdit


  1. ^ a b Winfield (2008), p. 395.
  2. ^ Lloyd's Register (1810).
  3. ^ The Little Book of Norfolk, Neil Storey, p. 150.
  4. ^ Happishburgh, Losses at Sea


  • 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.
  • Winfield, Rif (2008). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793–1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 1-86176-246-1.