Chatham Historic Dockyard Railway

R & W Hawthorn, Leslie & Co.Ltd. 0-4-0ST, Works No.2807, Built 1909.

Eleven ships have been named H.M.S. KENT, after the County of Kent and the Duke of Kent.

  1. Was originally named KENTISH FRIGATE.
    It was a 40-gun, fourth rate ship built by Johnson at Deptford and launched in 1652.
    In 1660, it was renamed H.M.S. KENT.
    The ship was wrecked off Cromer in 1672.
  2. Was a 70-gun, third rate ship of the line built by Johnson at Blackwall Yard and launnched in 1679.
    It was rebuilt twice, firstly at Rotherhithe in 1699, and again on the 16th February 1722, when it was taken to pieces at Woolwich Dockyard, it was relaunched on the 19th September 1724.
    The ship was broken up in 1744.
  3. Was a 64-gun, third rate ship of the line built by Deptford Dockyard and launched on the 10th May 1746.
    In 1760, the ship was hulked in the West Indies.
  4. Was a Bellona class, 74-gun, third rate ship of the line, built by Deptford Dockyard and launched on the 23rd March 1762.
    The ship was sold out of service in 1784.
  5. Was an Ajax class, 74-gun, third rate ship of the line, built by Perry at Blackwall Yard and launched on the 17th January 1798.
    It became a sheer hulk in 1856 and was broken up in 1881.
  6. Was an 16-gun gunvessel, purchased in 1798 and sold in 1801.
  7. Was a 98-gun, second rate ship of the line, built by Chatham Dockyard.
    It was laid down in February 1802 and launched on the 1st August 1810 as H.M.S. IMPREGNABLE.
    On the 9th November 1888, it was renamed H.M.S.KENT, on the 22nd September 1891 it was renamed again becoming H.M.S. CALEDIA.
    The ship was sold for scrapping in 1906.
  8. Was a Monmouth class armoured cruiser, built by Portsmouth Dockyard and launched on the 6th March 1901.
    The ship was sold for scrap and broken up in June 1920.
  9. Was a County class heavy cruiser, built by Chatham Dockyard.
    It was laid down on the 15th November 1924, launched 16th March 1926 and completed on the 25th May 1928.
    On the 22nd January 1948, the ship was sold for scrap.
  10. Was a Batch 1, County class destroyer, built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast.
    It was laid down on the 1st March 1960 and launched on the 27th September 1961.
    The ship was decommissioned in 1980 and sold for scrapping in 1988, the ship being broken up in India.
  11. Is a Type 23, Duke class destroyer, built by Yarrow Shipbuilders.
    It was laid down on the 16th April 1997, launched 27th May 1998 and commissioned on the 8th June 2000.
    The ship is still in service as of 2011.
H.M.S. KENT, was to have been a 91-gun, second rate ship of the line, it was laid down in 1860, but was cancelled in 1863.

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