Chatham Historic Dockyard Railway

R & W Hawthorn, Leslie & Co. Ltd. 0-4-0CT, Rebuilt as a 0-4-0ST. Works No.2771, Built 1909.

Five ships of the Royal Navy have been named H.M.S. HERCULES or H.M.S. HERCULE, named after the Greek and Roman hero Hercules.

  1. Was a Hercules class, 74-gun, third rate ship of the line, built by Deptford Dockyard and launched on the 15th March 1759.
    It was sold out of service in 1784.
  2. HERCULE, was a 74-gun, ship of the line of the French Navy, built by Lorient Shipyard and launched on the 5th December 1797.
    It was captured by H.M.S. MARS off Iie de Sein on the 21st April 1798.
    The HERCULE was recommissioned in the Royal Navy as H.M.S. HERCULES.
    It was broken up in 1810.
  3. Was a Vengeur-class, 74-gun, third rate ship of the line,built by Chatham Dockyard.
    It was laid down in August 1812 and launched on the 5th September 1815.
    In 1853, it was placed on harbour service and sold out of service in 1864.
    The ship was broken up in 1877.
  4. Was a central-battery ironclad, built by Chatham Dockyard.
    It was laid down on the 1st February 1866, launched 10th February 1868 and completed on the 21st November 1868.
    It was broken up in 1932.
  5. Was a Colossus class battleship, built by Palmer at Portsmouth.
    It was laid down on the 30th July 1907, launched 10th May 1910 and commissioned on the 31st July 1911.
    On the 8th November 1921, it was sold to a German ship breaker and towed to Kiel for scrapping.
  6. H.M.S.HERCULES [R49] was to have been a Majestic class light fleet carrier.
    The keel was laid down by Vickers-Armstrong on the Tyne on the 12th November 1943.
    It was launched on the 22nd September 1945, but laid up before completion.
    Completion work was carried out by Harland & Wolff in Belfast and renamed H,M.S.HECULES [R11].
    In January 1957, it was sold to India and commissioned into the Indian Navy as INS VIKRANT.

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