HMS Recruit (1846)
|Ordered:||6 May 1844|
|Builder:||Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company|
|Launched:||10 June 1846|
|Fate:||Sold 28 August 1849|
|Class and type:||Brig|
|Tons burthen:||462 bm|
|Beam:||30 ft 8.5 in (9.360 m)|
|Armament:||12 guns, comprising 2 x 18-pounder guns and 10 x 32-pounder guns.|
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.
- Colledge, p. 289
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
- Lyon, David & Winfield, Rif (2004), The Sail and Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy 1815-1889. ISBN 1-86176-032-9.
- "General Screw Steam Shipping Company 1848-1857". The Ships List. Retrieved 2008-03-02.