'Merlin' and 'Firefly', struck by mines off Sveaborg (Helsinki) during the Crimean War
Vignette inscribed: â€œMerlin & Firefly struck by infernal machinesâ€?. Refers to an occasion when Admiral Dundas, in the â€˜Merlinâ€™, 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 â€˜Fireflyâ€™, who was also struck. This is considered the first instance of successful mining in naval warfare.The three-masted â€˜Fireflyâ€™ is shown on the left; the two-masted â€˜Merlinâ€™ further back on the right.Object number: PAD6154
Original dimensions: 169 mm x 255 mm
- Image reference: PU6154
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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