HMS Recruit (1846)

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Name: HMS Recruit
Ordered: 6 May 1844
Builder: Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company
Launched: 10 June 1846
Fate: Sold 28 August 1849
General characteristics
Class and type: Brig
Tons burthen: 462 bm[1]
  • 114 ft 5 in (34.87 m) (gundeck)
  • 92 ft 5 in (28.17 m) (keel)
Beam: 30 ft 8.5 in (9.360 m)
Propulsion: Sail
Armament: 12 guns, comprising 2 x 18-pounder guns and 10 x 32-pounder guns.

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

Recruit was the first iron-hulled vessel to be built for the Admiralty, and the Royal Navy's only iron-hulled 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