HMS Medina (1840)
|Ordered:||30 March 1838|
|Laid down:||June 1839|
|Launched:||18 March 1840|
|Commissioned:||19 October 1848|
|Reclassified:||As survey ship, 7 January 1856|
|Fate:||Broken up, March 1864|
|General characteristics (as built)|
|Class and type:||Merlin-class packet boat|
|Tons burthen:||889 14/94 bm|
|Beam:||33 ft 2 in (10.1 m)|
|Depth:||16 ft 5 in (5.0 m)|
|Installed power:||312 nhp|
|Propulsion:||2 × Steam engines|
|Armament:||2 × 6-pdr carronades|
Medina had a length at the gun deck of 175 feet (53.3 m) and 153 feet 6 inches (46.8 m) at the keel. She had a beam of 33 feet 2 inches (10.1 m), and a depth of hold of 16 feet 5 inches (5.0 m). The ship's tonnage was 889 14⁄94 tons burthen. The Merlin class was armed with a pair of 6-pounder carronades.
Construction and career
Medina, the twelfth ship of her name to serve in the Royal Navy, was ordered on 30 March 1838, laid down in June 1839 at Pembroke Dockyard, Wales, and launched on 18 March 1840. She was completed in April 1840 and commissioned on 19 October 1848 for packet duties in the Mediterranean. During the Crimean War, she collided with the British barque Agnes Blaikie in the Black Sea off Balaklava, Russia; Agnes Blaikie sank, but her crew were rescued. Medina was converted into a survey ship on 7 January 1856. On 27 October 1857, she ran aground in the Kilia Channel. She was refloated with the assistance of the Royal Sardinian Navy steamship Authion. She was scrapped at Malta in March 1864.
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