HMS Recruit (1846)

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Name: HMS Recruit
Builder: Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company
Launched: June 10, 1846
Fate: Sold 28 August 1849
General characteristics
Class and type: Brig
Tons burthen: 462 bm[1]
Length: 114.5 feet (34.9 m)
Beam: 30.5 feet (9.3 m)
Propulsion: Sail
Armament: 12 guns

HMS Recruit was a 12-gun iron sailing brig of the Royal Navy, constructed by the Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company and launched in 1846.

Recruit was the first iron vessel to be built for the Admiralty, and the Royal Navy's only iron sailing ship. She was sold back to her builders, Ditchburn and Mare on 28 August 1849, and was resold in 1852 to the General Screw Steam Shipping Company and converted into a screw steamer for the East Indian and Cape mail service, and renamed SS Harbinger.


  1. Colledge, p. 289