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HMS Prince (1854)

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Name  HMS Prince
Acquired  Purchased in 1854
Tons burthen  2710 bm
Length  89 m
Builder  C J Mare, Blackwall
Type  Storeship
Launched  12 April 1854
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Fate  Wrecked 14 November 1854

HMS Prince was a Royal Navy storeship purchased in 1854 from mercantile owners and lost in a storm off Balaklava in November that year during the Crimean War.

She was purchased from the General Screw Steam Shipping Company for £105,000 by Admiralty Order dated July 1854 and commissioned under Commander Benjamin Baynton. She sailed for the Crimea, carrying 150 persons and a cargo of much needed winter uniforms. The loss of the ship and its cargo caused a public outcry in Britain because of the severe winter conditions being endured by troops in unsuitable clothing.

She was destroyed at a deep water anchorage outside Balaklava by a hurricane-force storm which tore her from her anchorage and dashed her onto rocks: she broke up completely within ten minutes and only six of her 150 crew were saved. Correspondent William Howard Russell considered her officers to have been negligent in losing her bower anchors. Commander Bayntoun, her commanding officer, perished in the wreck.

29 other Allied transport ships were wrecked during the same storm.

The wreck was discovered off Balaklava in 2010 by a Ukrainian maritime archeological team led by Sergei Voronov, of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences.

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HMS Prince (1854) Wikipedia


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