Chatham Historic Dockyard Railway

Vulcan Foundry Ltd. 0-4-2T. Works No.1160, Built 1885.

7 ships have borne the name H.M.S MARS named after Mars,the Roman God of War.

  1. Was a 50-gun ship, originally Dutch, captured in the Second Anglo-Dutch War in 1665 and sold in 1667.
  2. Was a 64-gun third-rate ship of the line, originally French,captured by H.M.S. NOTTINGHAM off Cape Clear in 1746.
    In 1755 the ship was wrecked near Halifax Nova Scotia.
  3. Was a 74-gun third-rate ship of the line launched in 1759 and sold in 1784.
  4. Was a 32-gun fifth-rate ship, originally Dutch, captured in the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War in 1781 off the West Indies.
    It was sold in 1784.
  5. Was a 74-gun third-rate ship of the line, launched in 1794.
    The ship took part in the Spithead mutiny in 1797 and the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
    The ship was broken up in 1823.
  6. Was a 80-gun second-rate ship of the line, launched in 1848.
    It was converted to screw propulsion and sold in 1929.
    Between 1869 and 1929,the ship served as a training ship.
  7. Was a Majestic-class battleship, launched in 1896.
    The ship served as a guardship and transport in the First World War and was sold in 1921.
A Colossus-class aircraft carrier was named MARS in 1942,but renamed before being launched as H.M.S. PIONEER in 1944.

Vulcan Built, MARS
MARS shortly after construction.
©Unknown circa 1885
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