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Ship Name Histories - Database of histories of ship names beginning with letter E.


Name Origin: Commemorates the capture of the Aigle (eagle) from the Dunkirkers in 1650.


Name Origin: Boar.


Name Origin: Lightning.


Name Origin: The obscuration of one heavenly body by another.

The fifth “ECLIPSE” was a 4-gun screw gun vessel, launched at Millwall in 1860.  She was of 700 tons, and 200 horse-power.  Her length, beam, and draught were 185ft., 28ft., and 8ft.   In 1863 the “Eclipse,” commanded firstly by Commander Richard Charles Mayne and secondly by Commander Edmund Robert Fremantle, took part in the second New Zealand War in a squadron of ships under commodore Sir William Wiseman with his broad pennant in “Curacoa.”  On June 4th the “Eclipse” co-operated in an attack which was made by the garrison of New Plymouth on the rebel position at the mouth of the Katikara.  In October a Naval Brigade of 200 seamen under Commander Mayne landed, captured, occupied, and fortified the town of Merrimi.   On November 20th the Naval Brigade of 400 men, under Commodore Sir William Wiseman bombarded and assaulted the town of Rangariri, where the Maoris had strongly entrenched themselves.  Four separate assaults were repulsed by the brave defenders, two of which were made by the Naval Brigade under Commander Mayne.  On the following day the Maoris surrendered, the British forces having won a costly victory with a loss of 36 killed and 98 wounded.  The Naval Brigade losses were 5 killed and 10 wounded, among the latter being Commander Mayne, of the “Eclipse,” who was promoted to captain for his services.    In January 1864 the “Eclipse” proceeded to Waikato, and landed a detachment of men under Lieutenant William Fletcher Boughey to co-operate with the troops.  The town of Waikato was captured, and the Maoris were defeated at Rangioawhia, with a considerable loss in killed and prisoners.   In April 1864 the “Eclipse” contributed to a Naval Brigade 430 strong, which joined the army under Sir Duncan Cameron.  On April 29th the combined forces proceeded to attack a Maori stronghold at Gate Pah.  The place was bombarded, and at 4.30 p.m. the Naval Brigade, under Commander Edward Hay, moved forward to the assault and entered the works.  Inside the pah the rebels fought with desperation, and the Brigade was obliged to retreat with a heavy loss.  The Maoris lost about 35 killed and wounded, but the British suffered 27 killed and 66 wounded, to which the Naval Brigade contributed 3 officers and 8 men killed or mortally wounded, and 3 officers and 19 men wounded.  The Naval Brigade behaved admirably, and withdrew only when nearly all its leading officers had been shot down. In 1867 this vessel was broken up.   The sixth “ECLIPSE” was a 12-gun screw sloop, launched at Sheerness in 1867.  When laid down she had been called “Sappho.”  She was of 1273 tons, 350 horse-power, and 10 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 212ft., 36ft., and 11ft.   In 1882 the “Eclipse,” commanded by Captain Edmund St. John Garthforth, was engaged in the Egyptian War.  In August 1882 the “Eclipse” contributed to a Naval Brigade which was disembarked at Suez.  The inhabitants understood that the town was in danger of being burnt, but the Naval Brigade, composed mostly of marines, occupied the town, and the Egyptian troops fled.  The “Eclipse” was lent to the War Office in 1888, taken over again in 1892, and ended her career as a Naval ordnance mine depot at Plymouth.  The seventh “ECLIPSE” is an 11-gun twin-screw cruiser, launched at Portsmouth in 1894.  She is of 5600 tons, 9600 horse-power, and 19.5 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 350ft., 53ft., and 20ft.  This vessel became a sea-going training ship for Naval cadets.

Name Origin: An old Icelanic word meaning in poetic language, “ancestress,” great grandmother.”  This name was given to two celebrated old collections of sagas, called the older and the newer Edda.

Name Origins: (1) River rising in the southeast of Westmorland and flowing past Carlisle into the Solway Firth.  (2) River rising in the southeast of Surrey and joining the Medway at Penshurst.  There are also two small rivers of this name in Scotland and one in Wales.

The first “EDEN” was a 28-gun ship sloop, launched at Chester in 1814.  She was of 415 tons, and carried a crew of 150 men.  Her length, beam, and draught were 108ft., 31ft., and 11ft.    In 1819 the “Eden,” commanded by Captain Francis Erskine Loch, assisted by the “Curlew” and “Liverpool,” co-operated with the military in an expedition against the pirates of Ras-as-Khyma in the Persian Gulf.  The works were taken or destroyed, and all the piratical vessels in port were burned or sunk.   In 1833 this ship was broken up. The second “EDEN” is a turbine torpedo-boat destroyer, launched at Hawthorn Leslie’s Yard in 1903.  She is of 555 tons, 7000 horse-power, and 25 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 220ft., 23ft., and 9ft.  Early in the morning of January 28th, 1910, this destroyer, while commanded by Lieutenant Oliver M. F. Stokes, broke away from her moorings in bad weather, and sank at the Harbour Jetty, under East Cliff, Dover.  She was got afloat again on January 30th.


Name Origin: Edgar surnamed the “Pacific,” born 943, reined 959-975.  He succeeded his brother Eadwig as king of the Mercians, and was elected king of all the English.  He reigned over the West Saxons, Mercians, and Northumbrians.  His reign, except for a war with the Welsh and some campaigns in the north, was peaceful and very prosperous, and Archbishop Dunstan supported him in his government.  To preserve the kingdom from the incursion of the Norsemen he kept up a large fleet and frequently went about with it himself.  In 973 he was anointed king at Bath, and after his coronation sailed all round Wales to Chesire, where he received the homage of six of eight feudatory kings, who rowed him in his barge on the Dee, from his palace to the minster.  The name was first given a ship by Charles II in express commemoration of the fact that King Edgar had established the naval power of the kingdom for the first time on a firm basis, and claimed the sovereignty of the sea.

The fifth “EDGAR” was an 80-gun screw battleship launched at Woolwich in 1858.  She was of 5157 tons and carried a crew of 820 men.  600 horse-power gave her a speed of 11 knots, and her length, beam, and draught were 230ft., 55ft., 24ft.  For many years this ship acted as a quarantine ship at the Motherbank off the Isle of Wight, and in 1904 she was sold for £5100.      The sixth “EDGAR” is a 12-gun twin-screw launched at Devonport in 1890.  She is of 7350 tons, 12,000 horse-power, and 20.5 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 360ft., 60ft., and 24ft.  On November 13th, 1895, the “Edgar” sent some men ashore to drill at Chemulpo.  Unhappily, while returning to the ship the launch capsized, and 48 men out of 71 were drowned.

Edgar Quinet

Name Origin: Edgar Quinet, born 1803, died 1875, a prolific writer and philosopher.  One of his best works, published in 1838, was a vigorous rejoinder to StraussLife of Jesus.  Together with Michelet he carried on a violent polemic against the Jesuits and Iltramontanism.  He took an active part in the Revolution in 1848, and represented Ain in the National Assembly.  A bitter opponent of the Bonapartes, he was exiled after Louis Napoleon’s coup d’etat and lived at Brussels until the fall of the Second empire in 1870, when he returned to France and sat in the National Assemblies at Bordeaux and Versailles.


Name Origin: Territory on the east coast of Sumatra (Adjeh).


Name Origin: The first ship to bear this name was the Scottish frigate Edinburgh, called after the capital of Scotland.  She became part of the Navy of the United Kingdom when the legislative Union between England and Scotland was affected on May 1st 1707.   The name was revived in the present holder in 1882 in honour of the late Duke of Edinburgh.


Name Origin: A prophetic nymph of ancient Italy, one of the Sibyls.  She dwelt in a cave of Mount Coelius near Rome, and King Numa Pompilius consulted her in all his undertakings, buying three of the “Sibylline books” from her.  After his death the retired disconsolate to a grove at Africa, where Diana in pity converted her into a fountain.

The first “EGERIA” was a 26-gun ship sloop launched at Bridport in 1807.  She was of 424 tons and carried a crew of 135 men.  Her length, beam, and draught were 108ft., 30ft., and 11ft.  On December 21st, 1808, the “Egeria,” commanded by Commander Lewis Hole, captured the French 10-gun vessel “Noesois.”      On March 2nd, 1809, the “Egeria,” commanded by Commander Lewis Hole, captured the Danish 6-gun vessel “Aalborg.”   The “Egeria” became a receiving ship at Devonport from 1825 until 1860.  She then became a police ship and acted as such until 1864, when she was broken up. The second “EGERIA” was a 4-gun screw sloop launched at Pembroke in 1873.  She was of 940 tons, 1011 horse-power, and 11 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 160ft., 31ft., and 14ft.   In 1875 the “Egeria,” commanded by Commander Ralph Lancelot Turton, proceeded to Perak, as one of a squadron of six ships under Captain Alexander Buller with his senior officer’s pennant in “Modeste,” to take part in an expedition against the murderers of Mr. J. W. Birch, the British resident in Perak.  While the troops and a naval brigade advanced on the upper reaches of the Perak River simultaneously from two points, the “Egeria” blockaded the Perak Littoral, and sent her boats up the Kurow River.  These boats destroyed or carried off some guns, arms, and ammunition  which might have been useful to the enemy.  Severe punishment was inflicted on the natives, but the actual murderers were not brought to account for some time afterwards.  This vessel acted for many years in the Surveying Service, and in November 1911 she was put up to public auction at Esquimalt, and sold to the Vancouver branch of the Navy League for £1416.


Name Origin: Commemorates the term of office as First Lord of the Admiralty of John, second Earl of Egmont, from 1763 to 1766.

The fifth “EGMONT” was a 74-gun ship launched at Northfleet in 1810.  She was of 1760 tons and carried a crew of 590 men.  Her length, beam, and draught were 176ft., 48ft., and 17ft.  In 1814 the “Egmont,” flying the flag of Rear-Admiral Charles Vinnicombe Penrose, stood into the River Gironde with a squadron of 4 vessels.  Preparations for an attack on about 10 men-of-war having been made, the French saved the English the trouble by burning the vessels.  At the same time the various works commanding the river entered and destroyed by the seamen from the fleet under Captain George Harris.   After acting as receiving ship at Rio de Janeiro the “Egmont” was sold in 1875. The sixth “EGMONT” is a 16-gun broadside battleship, launched at Chatham in 1863 as the “Achilles.”  She is of 9820 tons, 5720 horse-power, and 14,3 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 380ft., 58ft., and 27ft. This vessel went to Malta as receiving ship as the “Hibernia,” but her name was subsequently changed to “Egmont.”

Name Origin: The name of the place where the constitution was granted in 1814.


Name Origin: Hydra, a sea monster (Persian).

Ekaterina II

Name Origin: Katherine II, born 1729, reigned 1762-1796.  A German princess by birth, she was the wife of the Emperor Peter III, whom, with the assistance of some regiments of the guards, she deposed, usurping his throne.  She was a most able ruler.  During her reign the Turks were defeated by land and sea in two great campaigns, Poland was divided between Russia,Austria, and Prussia, the Crimea was conquered, and the Russian frontier advanced to the Dniester.  Katherine was a great patron of art, literature, and science, and introduced many reforms in the administration of government.


Name Origin: A town on the Dnieper, and capital of the government of that name.  It was founded by the Empress Katherine II.

El Plata

Name Origin : The river Plate (silver river), the principal one in the Argentine Republic.

The El Plata was an El Plata Class coast defence battleship launched 29th August 1874 and stricken 16th November 1927.


Name Origin: Elk


Name Origin: Island in the Mediterranean between Corsica and Italy.  After Napoleon I’s abdication it was given him as an independent principality, and he lived there in banishment from May 1814 to February 1815.


Name Origin: In Greek mythology (1) “The Radiant,” daughter of Oceanus and Thetis; (2) the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra.  After the murder of her father by her own mother and Aegisthus, she took her little brother Orestes to Strophios, Lord of Phocis, and charged him to bring up the child to be the avenger of his father’s murder.  When Orestes returned a grown man Electra aided in executing their revenge.  She became the wife of his friend Pylades.

Name Origin: The name of the ship belonging to Frithjof, the hero of a Norse asaga.


Name Origin: Elisabeth, Queen of Romania born 1843, a princess of Wied.  She has distinguished herself as an authoress under the pseudonym “Carmen Sylva.”


Name Origin: The Hon Mountstuart Elphinstone, son of Lord Elphinstone; born 1779, died 1859.  He entered the H.E.I.Co’s service in 1795, and soon developed considerable military talent, serving on Sir Arthur Wellesley’s staff in campaign of 1803.  In 1810 he became Resident at Poona, where he brought the Mahratta War to a successful termination in 1817.  As Governor of Bombay, from 1819 to 1827, he founded the present system of administration.

Name Origin: Alsace, since 1871 a portion of the German “Reichsland” (Imperial dominion), Alsace-Lorraine.  From 1648 to 1871 it was a French province, but before that it had formed part of the Holy Roman Empire.  Its chief town, Strasbourg, is the seat of the “Statthalter” (the Emperor’s locum tenens) who rules the “Reichsland).


Name Origin: Magpie

Emanuele Filiberto

Name Origin: An ancestor of King Humbert, Duke of Savoy, reined 1553-1580.  He recovered the dukedom which had been wrestled from his father by the emperor, France and Switzerland, and enlarged it by the purchase of the principally of Tenda.  He made Turin his capital.


Name Origin: Commemorates the capture of the French frigate Emeraude, 28, by the Southampton, 32, Captain J. Gilchrist, off Brest on September 21st 1757.  She was added to the Royal Navy under the translated name.

The fifth “EMERALD” was a 51-gun screw frigate launched at Deptford in 1856.  She was of 2913 tons and 600 horse-power.  Her length, beam, and draught were 237ft., 53ft., and 19ft.    In 1869 the “Emerald” was sold for £8900.     The sixth “EMERALD” was a 12-gun screw corvette launched at Pembroke in 1876.  She was of 2120 tons, 2170 horse-power, and 14 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 220ft., 40ft., and 19ft.  In 1889 the “Emerald,” commanded by Captain William Henry Maxwell, proceeded to the Solomon Islands to punish the natives for the murder of a boat’s crew belonging to the British schooner “Sandfly.”  The murderers were then not discovered, but their villages were burned.  Some time later Bishop Selwyn persuaded the chief to surrender the ringleaders, who were duly executed.  This vessel ended her career as a powder hulk at Portsmouth, and in 1906 she was sold.  The seventh “EMERALD” was a 9210-ton ship which had been launched at Glasgow as a broadside ironclad in 1862 under the name of “Black Prince.” In 1903 her name was changed to “Emerald,” and she acted for some years as training ship for the Irish boys at Queenstown.  Her name was again changed in 1910 to “Impregnable III.,”  and she became merged into the boys training establishment at Devonport.


Name Origin: Emerald.

Emir Bukharski

Name Origin: Said Abdul ahad, born 1859, succeeded his father as Amir of Bokhara, a vassal state of Russia, in 1885.  He presented a large sum of money towards the Russian fleet during the war with Japan 1904-1905.

Emperador Carlos V

Name Origin: The Emperor Charles V, King Charles I of Spain; born 1500.  He was the son of the Archduke Philip of Austria of Johanna the Mad, daughter and heiress of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castille.  He was elected Roman Emperor in 1519, but the Protestant Reformation and the consequent civil wars disturbed his reign in the German Empire and the Netherlands.  With his neighbour and rival, Francis I of France, he was frequently at war, and the latter in 1525 was totally defeated and made a prisoner by the Imperialists at Pavia in 1525.  In 1535 Charles personally led a successful expedition against Tunis.  He voluntarily abdicated in 1556, leaving the Empire and Hungary to his brother Ferdinand, and spain, Sicily and the Netherlands to his son Philip, and spent the last year of his life in retirement amongst the monks of San Juste, in the province of Estremadura.  His sovereignty had extended over the greater part of Europe and over the South and Central America, so that it was first said of his Empire that it was one on which the sun never set.


Name Origin: A volcano in the island of Celebes.

Empress of India

Name Origin: Commemorates the assumption by the late Queen Victoria of this title on January 1st 1877.


The second “ENCHANTRESS” was a paddle wheel despatch vessel, launched at Pembroke in 1862.  She was of 1000 tons, 1250 horse-power, and 14 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 220ft., 28ft., and 11ft.  In 1889 this vessel was sold.   The third “ENCHANTRESS” was launched at Portsmouth in 1865, as the paddle-wheel despatch vessel “Helicon.”  She was of 1000 tons, 1610 horse-power, and 14.5 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 220ft., 28ft., and 10ft.   Her name was changed to “Enchantress” and she became the yacht of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty in 1889.  In 1905 the vessel was sold for £2675. The fourth “ENCHANTRESS” is a twin-screw Admiralty yacht, launched at Belfast in 1903.  She is of 3470 tons, 6400 horse-power, and 18 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 320ft., 40ft., and 16ft. This ship is the special service vessel, or official yacht, of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty in times of peace.  In war time she becomes a hospital ship.


The third “Encounter” was a 14-gun screw corvette, launched at Sheerness in 1873.  She was of 1970 tons, 2130 horse-power, and 13 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 220ft., 37ft., and 17ft.   In 1873 the “Encounter,” commanded by Captain Richard Bradshaw, took part in the Ashantee War.   In November the “Encounter” contributed to a Naval Brigade under Captain the Hon.Edmund Fremantle, which marched inland to the relief of Abrakrampa, then sorely pressed by the Ashantees.  The enemy were seized with a panic and retired hastily, abandoning almost all their stores. On December 26th the “Encounter,” bombarded a village on Alboaddi Point, and then sent her boats under Lieutenant Alfred Loveridge in to burn the place.    In 1875 the “Encounter,” commanded by Captain Richard Bradshaw, was one of 7 ships which co-operated in a punitive expedition up the river Congo under Commodore Sir William Hewett with his broad pennant in “Active.”  It was undertaken on account of the looting of the British schooner “Geraldine” and the murder of four of her crew.   On August 31st the boats from the “Encounter” and two other ships were towed to the entrance of Chango Creek.  One hundred and fifty marines were landed under Captain Bradshaw and succeeded in burning three villages, although they were fired at by natives concealed in the bush.  All the villages on the north bank were destroyed, and further punishment was inflicted in Luculla Creek and other places. The labours of the expedition were most arduous, some of the creeks being overgrown with luxuriant vegetation which had to be cut away to admit of an advance, and the country generally was very difficult.  Captain Richard Bradshaw was mentioned in despatches as having rendered conspicuous service, and the loss suffered was but 1 killed and 6 wounded.  In 1888 the “Encounter” was sold.   The fourth “ENCOUNTER” is an 11-gun twin-screw cruiser, launched at Devonport in 1903.  She is of 5880 tons, 12,500 horse-power, and 21 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 355ft., 56ft., and 21ft. In 1912 this ship was temporarily lent to the Australian government.


Name Origin: In Greek mythology a beautiful youth who was found sleeping on Mount Latmos by the moon goddess Selene (Diana).  She fell in love with him as he slept, and condemning him to perpetual slumber, visited him thenceforth every night.

Engineer-Mechanic Anastasov

Name Origin: Chief Engineer of the destroyer Steregoustchi during the war with Japan 1904-1905.

Engineer-Mechanic Dmitrieff

Name Origin: Chief Engineer of the destroyer Strashni during the war with Japan 1904-1905.

Engineer-Mechanic Zvyerev

Name Origin: chief engineer of the destroyer Silni during the war with Japan 1904-1905.  These three officers gallantly onboard their vessel in actions outside Port Arthur.


Name Origin: Yenisei, river in Siberia.

Entre Rios

Name Origin : One of the provinces of the Argentine Republic.

The first Entre Rios was a Corrientes class torpedo boat, launched 11th July 1896 and stricken 23rd October 1930.  The next Entre Rios was a Buenos Aries class destroyer, launched 21st September 1937 and discarded in 1973.

Enrique Py

Name Origin : Midshipman of the Argentine Navy, killed at the battle of Cuevas, August 6th 1865, during the war with Paraguay.

The Enrique Py was a Ferre Class torpedo boat launched 1880 - 1882 and discarded around 1910.


Name Origin: Sword.


Name Origin: Hawk.


Name Origin: Boar spear.

Erherzog Albrecht

Name Origin: Archduke Albrecht, eldest son of Archduke Charles; born 1817, died 1894.  In the campaign against Italy in 1849 he commanded a division, and distinguished himself at the battles of Mortara and Novara.  In the war of 1866, as Field Marshal, he was commander in chief of the army in Italy, and defeated the Italians at the battle of Custoza on June 24th.  He was the author of several military works.

Erherzog Ferdinand Max

Name Origin: Archduke Ferdinand Max (born 1832, died 1867), brother of the Emperor Francis Joseph.  He served in the Austrian Navy, and became its Commander in Chief in 1854.  In April 1864 the Archduke accepted the crown of Mexico, offered him by a party in that country which was dissatisfied with the existing republic and the anarchy of the preceding years, and which was completely under French influence.  Napoleon III supported the new emperor with money and troops, until the dread of a conflict with the United States induced him to withdraw his aid.  The Republican Party soon after defeated and captured Maximilian, who was tried by court martial and sot at queretaro on June 19th 1867.  His widow, the Empress charlotte, daughter of the late King Leopald I of the Belgians, has been insane ever since her husband’s tragic death.

Erherzog Friedrich

Name Origin: Archduke Frederick, brother of Archduke Albrecht; born 1821, died 1847.  He entered the Navy in 1837, became a Captain in 1840, and was placed in command of the frigate guerriera, forming part of a squadron, which co-operated with the British and Turkish squadrons against Mehemet Ali of Egypt on the Syrian coast.  Beyrout was bombarded on September 9th 1840; the Guerriera was then detached with four British ships against Sidon (Saida), which was taken on September 26th.  She subsequently assisted at the capture of St. John d’Acre on November 4th of that year.  The Archduke was promoted to Rear Admiral in 1844.

Erherzog Karl

Name Origin: Archduke Charles, duke of Teschen; born 1771, died 1847.  He began his military career in 1792, and became Commander in chief of the forces of the Holy Roman Empire in 1796.  He repeatedly defeated the French republican generals in the campaign of that year, driving them back across the Rhine.  In 1797 he captured the fortress of Kehl in mid winter, was defeated by Napoleon in Italy, but showed great general ship during the campaign of 1799.  In 1806 he was Commander in chief and Minister for war in Austria, and did much to reform the Army.  In 1809, though defeated at Eckmuhl and Wagram, he was victorious at the battle of Aspern.  He retired from active service soon afterwards and occupied his leisure with military literature, being the author of several works on the history of his wars, military strategy, etc.


Name Origin: In classic mythology the river into which Phaeton was precipitated.  It was supposed to have been the Po.


Name Origin: Irish river issuing from Lough Gowna, Co. Cavan, and flowing to Lough Erne, and thence into Donegal Bay.

Ernest Renan

Name Origin: Ernest Renan, born 1823, died 1892.  He was a prominent student of, and writer on Biblical History and cognate subjects.  An incomparable master of style, a fair minded, truth loving controversialist and a warm patriot, he won for himself the respect of all parties in France, whilst the anti-clericals appreciated his scepticism towards received dogmas.  Probably the best known of his many works is the Life of Jesus, which appeared in 1863.  In 1878 he became a member of the French Academy.


Name Origin: Name of the father of Osman, the founder of the Osmanli dynasty.

Esbern Snare

Name Origin: The twin brother of the celebrated Archbishop Absalon, in whose wars and expeditions he took a distinguished part.  He founded the town of Hallindborg in 1170.


Name Origin: Carbine, small rifle.


Name Origin: Emerald.  The ship name dates from a Spanish prize taken during the war of Independence at the beginning of the nineteenth century.


Name Origin: Swordfish.


Name Origin: Hesperus, the evening star’ Venus.


Name Origin: French for “frolicsome.”  The name commemorates the capture of the French brig Espiegle, 16, off Ushant by the British frigates Nymphe and Circe, on November 30th 0793.


Name Origin : Don Juan M Espora, Captain of a ship during the war with Brazil, 1827-28.  He fought his ship bravely, was taken prisoner by the Brazilians, and immediately set at liberty as a recognition of his bravery.

The first Espora was an Espora Class torpedo gunboat launched 1890 and discarded about 1920. The next Espora was an ex-American Fletcher Class destroyer, acquired 10th August 1961. The ship was previously  USS Dortch and was decommissioned in 1977.  The next Espora was an ex-American Allen M Sumner Class destroyer, acquired June 1974. The ship was previously USS Mansfield and was scrapped in 1978.  The next Espora is a MEKO 140 class corvette, launched 23rd January 1982.


Name Origin: “Symbol of victory” (Arabic).


Name Origin: A maritime county in the east of England washed by the North Sea.


Name Origin: Military courier or messenger.


Name Origin: Quuen Stephanie of Portugal, consort of King Pedro V, died 1859.  She was a princess of Hohen-zollern.


Name Origin: One of the provinces of Spain.


Name Origin: Sturgeon.


Name Origin: Standard.


Name Origin: Active volcano in the island of Sicily.


Name Origin: An active volcano in the island of Siciliy.


Name Origin: A part of ancient Italy, reaching from the Apennies and Arno to the west coast and as far south as the Tiber.  The Etruscans, a powerful nation, who for several centuries were the great rivals and enemies of Rome, inhabited it.  They were distinct in languages, customs, etc, from the other natives of Italy, and at one time carried on extended maritime commerce.


Name Origin: Scotch river; rising in Selkirkshire, it falls into the tweed not far below Selkirk.

Name Origin: The late Princess Eugenie of Sweden, sister of King Oscar II.


Name Origin: East wind.


Name Origin: In Greek mythology the daughter of the Phoenician King Agenor.  Zeus (Jupiter), in the form of a bull, bore her off to Crete, where she became the mother of Minos, Rhadamanthus, and Sarpedon.


Name Origin: The ancient name for the river Vasilipotamo, which flows past Sparta into the Gulf of Kolokythia or Marathonisi.  Part of its course is underground.  It was called after Eurotas, son of King Myles of Sparta.

Name Origin: In Greek mythology one of the Epigones or sons of seven kings slain at the siege of Thebes, who revenged their fathers death by the capture and sack of that city.  Euryalus is mentioned in homer as the companion of Diomedes during the siege of Troy.


Name Origin: Name of a celebrated Dutch family, many members of which greatly distinguished themselves in the wars of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  The first, Commodore Johan Evertsen, died at sea in 1617, his great grandson Cornelius in 1773, and during the century and a half that elapsed between these two dates fifteen Evertsens served their country in war.  Four of these rose to be Admirals, one became a Lieutenant General, and five others commanded ships when scarcely twenty years old, and fell fighting before they were of age.  In the course of sixty years, nine Evertsens died in their country’s service, eight at sea and one on land.


Name Origin: Europe.


Name Origin: St. Eustace, a saint and martyr of the second century.  The legend runs that he was a Roman general of the name of Placidus, who whilst out hunting saw a stag with the image of the crucified Christ between its antlers, and heard a voice saying; “Placidus, wherefore persecutes thou Me, who desire thy salvation?”  Thereupon Placidus was converted to Christianity, took the name of Eustace, and was martyred in Rome during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian.  He is the patron of hunters like St. Hubert, of whom a similar legend is related.



Name Origin: River rising in Exmoor Forest in the west of Somerset, and flowing past Exeter into the English Channel at Exmouth.


Name Origin: Admiral Sir Edward Pellew, Viscount Exmouth; born 1757, died 1833.  Joining the Navy at the age of thirteen, he behaved with great gallantry at the battle on Lake Champlain in 1776.  He was promoted to Commander in 1780 and Captain two years later.  At the outbreak of war in 1793, in command of the Nymphe, frigate, he captured the French frigates Cleopatre, for which service he was knighted.  In 1794, in command of the frigate Arethusa, as one of a squadron of five frigates under Sir J. B. Warren, he assisted at the capture of four French frigates and was created a baronet.  From 1796 to 1799, in command of the Indefatigable, frigate, and generally Senior Officer of a frigate squadron, he made his great name as a frigate officer in a variety of brilliant services, which he continued in 1798 in the Impetueux 74.  In 1804 he reached Flag rank, and was appointed Commander-in-Chief in the East Indies.  Promoted to Vice-Admiral in 1808, he went to the Mediterranean as Commander-in-Chief in 1811.  Thre years later he was raised to the Peerage as Baron Exmouth of Cannonteign.  In 1816 he was ordered with his fleet to Algiers to enforce a treaty regarding the abolition of Christian slavery, which the day had violated.  After the fleet had, on august 27th, bombarded the city and works for nine hours ad had destroyed the Algerian fleet, the Dey consented to every demand.  For this service Lord Exmouth was raised to the dignity of Viscount.




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