HMS Medina (1840)

HMS Medina was a 2-gun Merlin-class paddle packet boat built for the Royal Navy during the 1830s. She was converted into a survey ship in 1856 and was broken up in March 1864.

United Kingdom
Name: Medina
Ordered: 30 March 1838
Builder: Pembroke Dockyard
Laid down: June 1839
Launched: 18 March 1840
Completed: April 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
  • 175 ft (53.3 m) (Gun deck)
  • 153 ft 6 in (46.8 m) (Keel)
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 1494 tons burthen.[1] The Merlin class was armed with a pair of 6-pounder carronades.[2]

Construction and career

Medina, the twelfth ship of her name to serve in the Royal Navy,[3] was ordered on 30 March 1838, laid down in June 1839 at Pembroke Dockyard, Wales, and launched on 18 March 1840.[2] She was completed in April 1840 and commissioned on 19 October 1848 for packet duties in the Mediterranean.[1] 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.[4] Medina was converted into a survey ship on 7 January 1856.[1] On 27 October 1857, she ran aground in the Kilia Channel. She was refloated with the assistance of the Royal Sardinian Navy steamship Authion.[5] She was scrapped at Malta in March 1864.[1]


  1. Winfield, p. 1432
  2. Winfield & Lyon, p. 167
  3. Colledge, pp. 223–24
  4. "Agnes Blaikie". Aberdeen City Council. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  5. "Naval and Military". Daily News (3600). London. 28 November 1857.


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