Chatham Historic Dockyard Railway

Manning, Wardle & Co. Ltd. 0-4-0ST Works No.1808, Built 1913.

5 ships have borne the name H.M.S. READY.

  1. Was a small merchantile brig named MINERVA purchased in 1797 from Leith and refitted there for navel service and renamed H.M.S. READY.
    The ship was registered on the Navy List on the 5th April 1797.
    It was sold in December 1802.
  2. Was a Clown-class wooden screw gun-boat built by Briggs & Company, Sunderland.
    The ship was launched on the 12th May 1856, the vessel was fitted to reserve and broken up on the 25th January 1864.
  3. Was a Frolic-class, composite screw gunvessel.
    The ship was built by Chatham Dockyard and launched on the 24th September 1872.
    In 1894 it became a tank vessel.
    In October 1916 it was renamed DRUDGE and sold in Bermuda on the 25th February 1929.
  4. Was a Moon-class destroyer, launched on the 26th August 1916.
    The ship was sold for scrapping in July 1926.
  5. Was an Algerine-class minsweeper launched in 1944.
    In 1951 it was sold to the Belgian Navy and renamed Van Haverbeke.
    It was decommissioned in 1960.

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