Claim: A ship named the HMS Romney was once used to help enforce import duties on the British North American colonies.
Example:[Collected via e-mail, April 2012]
I was on facebook today and I saw a message directed at Teabaggers which stated:
In 1768, the British dispatched a 50-gun warship to New England to enforce the crown's right of taxation over the rebellious colonist.
The name of that ship?
Origins: The Royal Navy has included, at various times, five different ships called HMS Romney, generally thought to have been named after the town of New Romney in Kent (or possibly in honor of Henry Sydney, 1st Earl of Romney). The third of those ships was a 50-gun fourth rate launched in 1762 which served the Royal Navy for over forty years — through the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and the Napoleonic Wars — until she was finally wrecked after running aground off the Netherlands in 1804.
In 1768, the HMS Romney was dispatched to Boston Harbor at the request of commissioners tasked with enforcing the Townshend Acts, which imposed duties on colonial imports such as paper, glass, lead and tea exported from Britain in order to raise revenue for the administration of the North American colonies.