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Fourteen ships and a shore establishment of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Raven, after birds of the genus Corvus, particularly the Common Raven:


  • HMS Raven was a 36-gun ship captured in 1652, and captured by the Dutch in 1654.
  • HMS Raven was a 6-gun vessel, possibly a French ship, previously named St Cornelius. She was captured in 1656 and listed until 1659.
  • HMS Raven was a 14-gun sloop launched in 1745 and sold in 1763.
  • HMS Raven was a sloop, previously the 8-gun fireship HMS Vesuvius launched in 1771. She was renamed Raven later that year and was sold in 1780.
  • HMS Raven was an 18-gun sloop, launched in 1777 as HMS Ceres. She was renamed Raven in 1782, but was captured later that year by the French.
  • HMS Raven was a 14-gun sloop launched in 1796 and wrecked in 1798.
  • HMS Raven (1799) was a 18-gun brig-sloop, previously the French Aréthuse. She was captured in 1799 and wrecked in 1804.
  • HMS Raven was an 18-gun Cruizer-class brig-sloop launched in 1804 and wrecked in 1805.
  • HMS Raven was a 16-gun brig-sloop launched in 1805 and sold in 1816.
  • HMS Raven was a 4-gun survey cutter launched in 1829. She became a quarantine ship in 1848, was transferred to the coastguard in 1850 and was sold in 1859.
  • HMS Raven was a mortar vessel launched in 1855, renamed MV 13 later that year and was ordered to be sold in 1856.
  • HMS Raven was an Albacore-class wooden screw gunboat launched in 1856 and sold in 1875.
  • HMS Raven was a composite screw gunboat launched in 1882. She became a diving tender in 1904 and was sold in 1925.
  • HMS Raven II was a seaplane carrier, previously a seized German merchant, in service between 1915 and 1917.

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