Chatham Historic Dockyard Railway

Vulcan Foundry Ltd. 0-4-2T Works No.989, Built 1883.

8 ships have borne the name H.M.S. VULCAN.

  1. Was a 8-gun fireship, launched in 1691 and sunk as a breakwater in 1709.
  2. Was a 8-gun fireship, previously the civilian HUNTER, it was purchased in 1739 and hulked in 1749.
  3. Was a 8-gun fireship, previously the civilian MARY, purchased in 1745 and sold in 1749.
  4. Was a 8-gun fireship, previously an American merchantman, purchased in 1777 and destroyed in 1782 to prevent capture.
  5. Was a 14-gun fireship, launched in 1783, and destroyed in 1793 to prevent capture.
  6. Was a 10-gun bomb vessel, previously the civilian HECTOR, purchased in 1796 and sold in 1802.
  7. Was an iron screw frigate, launched in 1849.
    In 1851 it was converted to a troopship.
    It was sold in 1867 as the barque JORAWUR.
  8. Was a depot ship launched in 1889.
    In 1931 it was converted to a training hulk and renamed H.M.S. DEFIANCE 3 and scrapped in 1955.
2 replacement ships were named H.M.S. VULCAN.
  • H.M.S. ONYX was H.M.S.VULCAN between 1919 and 1924.
  • H.M.S. LILY was H.M.S.VULCAN between 1923 and 1930.
In 1843 an iron paddle frigate was to have been named H.M.S. VULCAN but was renamed H.M.S. BIRKENHEAD before being launched in 1845.

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