The Royal Institution of Naval Architects
Historic Ships, International Conference, November 2009, London
The Greeks, then fighting for Independence, were pioneers in steam warships. In 1825 they ordered ‘Perseverance’ from Brent, Deptford and steam engines from Galloway, Smithfield.
Completed in May 1826 she sailed, reaching Greece in September, and was renamed ‘Karteria’. Built at the instigation of the great English Philhellene Frank Abney Hastings, who inspired the design, helped in the construction and commanded the ship on her passage and in war, the ‘Karteria’ was in many successful battles at Phaleron, Oropos, Volos, Salona, Vasilathi, and was the first ever steam warship in war action.
A 125ft long, 25 wide, 400 ton, 4-