'Merlin' and 'Firefly' struck by mines off Sveaborg (Helsinki) during the Crimean War

Vignette inscribed: “Merlin & Firefly struck by infernal machines”. Refers to an occasion when Admiral Dundas, in the ‘Merlin’, was surveying Sveaborg (Helsinki) on 9 June 1855 and struck by Russian mines (see ILN, 15 Sep 1855, p.340); she was supported by the ‘Firefly’, who was also struck. This is considered the first instance of successful mining in naval warfare.

The three-masted ‘Firefly’ is shown on the left; the two-masted ‘Merlin’ further back on the right.

Object Details

ID: PAD6154
Collection: Fine art
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Armytage, James Charles; Virtue, James S. Carmichael, John Wilson
Events: Crimean War: Baltic Campaign, 1854-1855
Vessels: Firefly (1832); Merlin (1838)
Date made: 1855
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Mount: 169 mm x 255 mm

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