Category:HMS Unicorn (ship, 1824)

ShipEdit

  • Designed as Leda class frigate, 150 feet long in the hull and armed with 46 guns. Their lines were based on a French frigate, the Hébé, captured in 1782.
  • Keel laid in February 1822 on No. 4 slip in the Royal Dockyard at Chatham
  • Launched on 30th March 1824

HistoryEdit

  • 1824 Named HMS Unicorn Roofed over immediately and laid up in reserve
  • 1857 to 1862 Lent to the War Department for use as a powder hulk at Woolwich
  • 1862 Laid up again at Sheerness.
  • November 1873 UNICORN sailed for Dundee in tow of HM Paddle Sloop SALAMANDER, conversion to a Drill Ship for the Royal Naval Reserve Berthed in the Earl Grey Dock
  • 1906 Taken over by the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
  • 1939 Renamed HMS Unicorn II, as the name Unicorn was given to a new aircraft carrier
  • 1941 Renamed HMS Cressy as having two ships named UNICORN created great confusion with mail and drafting
  • After World War II taken over by the Royal Naval Reserve. During both World Wars she played an important part as the Area Headquarters of the Senior Naval Officer, Dundee.
  • 1959 Renamed HMS Unicorn by Mrs. Keay, widow of Captain W. F. Keay who had commanded UNICORN throughout the war, after the aircraft carrier had been scrapped
  • 1961 The Admiralty decided that the ship should be scrapped. At the last moment, Captain Anderson, a former Captain of Unicorn, succeeded in having this decision changed
  • 1962 Moved down river to a new berth
  • 1967 Captain Stewart started a move to ensure her permanent preservation
  • 1968 Formation of the Unicorn Preservation Society, chaired by Lord Dalhousie
  • 26th September, 1968, Prince Philip accepted HMS Unicorn from the Navy on behalf of the newly formed Society.
Last modified on 7 December 2013, at 20:37