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Seven vessels of the British Royal Navy
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have been named HMS Bulldog, after the bulldog
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- The first Bulldog was a small 4-gun vessel bought in March 1794 and sold later in the same year.
- The second Bulldog was a 16-gun sloop launched in 1782 but converted to a Royal Navy bomb vessel in 1798. She was broken up at Portsmouth in December 1829.
- The third Bulldog was a wooden steam powered paddle sloop launched in 1845 but ran aground in 1865 whilst attacking Haiti as part of a punitive raid against revolutionaries who had seized the British consulate. Unable to get her off of the reef, the British blew her up.
- The fourth Bulldog was a third class gunboat
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of the Ant-class
The Ant-class gunboat was a class of twenty-four Royal Navy flat-iron gunboats mounting a single 10-inch gun, built between 1870 and 1880. They carried no masts or sails, being among the first Royal Navy vessels not to do so. The last four vessels were ordered separately and are sometimes known as...
, sold for scrapping in 1906.
- The fifth Bulldog was a Beagle class destroyer
The Beagle class was a class of sixteen destroyers of the Royal Navy, all ordered under the 1908-1909 Programme and launched in 1909 and 1910...
scrapped in 1920.
- The sixth Bulldog
HMS Bulldog was a of the British Royal Navy that saw service throughout World War II, seeing service on convoy duty in the Atlantic and Arctic...
was a destroyer launched in 1930 and scrapped in 1946. She is most famous for the actions of some of her crew in making the first capture of an Enigma machine
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- The seventh Bulldog
HMS Bulldog was one of four Bulldog class hydrographic survey ships of the Royal Navy. She was built by the yacht builder Brooke Marine and launched in 1968....
was launched in 1967 as the lead ship
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of the Bulldog-class coastal survey ships and sold in 2001 for conversion to a private yacht.