HMS Serpent was a bomb vessel (carrying 2 mortars and 8 guns) launched in 1742 and wrecked in 1748. She was Heading for Barbados when she ran aground on the island. Despite efforts to lighten her, her crew had to abandon her and were ferried ashore over a three-day period; seven drowned when their boat overturned. The loss was blamed on strong currents.
HMS Serpent was a 12-gun bomb vessel reported as being built in 1771, but no such vessel was built.
HMS Serpent was to have been a 16-gun ship-sloop. She was laid down in February 1783 and cancelled in October of that year when the builder (Phineas Jacobs of Sandgate) went out of business.
HMS Serpent (1793) was a French gun-boat taken at Toulon in 1793, and in September commissioned and given a crew of 26 men from Victory under the command of Lieutenant John Davie; the British scuttled her at the evacuation of the city on 18 December.
HMS Serpent was a 4-gun gun vessel, formerly a Dutch hoy purchased in 1794. She paid off in 1796 and is believed to have been sold around 1802.
HMS Serpent was to have been an 18-gun sloop, laid down in 1810 and cancelled later that year.
HMS Serpent was a 16-gun brig-sloop launched in 1832. She was used as a target from 1857 and was broken up in 1861.
HMS Serpent was a torpedo cruiser launched in 1887 and wrecked in November 1890 near Camariñas with the loss of 173 of her crew of 176 men. The cause was an error in judgment on the part of those responsible for the ship's navigation. Still, her officers and men obeyed orders and maintained good discipline to the end, with her officers obeying the Captain's orders to "stand by the ship", and going down with her.
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