True story, in fact - via Snopes:
Claim: A ship named the HMS Romney was once used to help enforce import duties on the British North American colonies.
[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?