HMS Calcutta

Five ships of the Royal Navy have been named HMS "Calcutta", after the Indian city of Calcutta (now Kolkata).

* The first "Calcutta" was a 54-gun fourth-rate ship, originally the East Indiaman "Warley" and purchased in 1795, captured by the French in 1805 and destroyed by British ships in 1809.

* The second "Calcutta" was an 84-gun second-rate ship launched in 1831, converted to a gunnery ship in 1865 and sold in 1908.

* The third "Calcutta" was the "Hercules" (1868), renamed in 1909.

* The fourth "Calcutta" was the gunboat "Handy" (1883), renamed in 1916.

* The fifth "Calcutta" was a light cruiser launched in 1918 and sunk in action 1941.


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