Archangel Mikhail (32)

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Origin and History

The frigate was built by A. Sutherland (А.Сютерланд) at the Solombalskaya dockyard in Archangelsk. The keel was laid down on October 3 1747 (September 22 old style, abbreviated O.S. in this article). The frigate was launched on July 19 1748 (July 8 O.S.).

During the Seven Years' War, the frigate was under the command of:

  • in 1756 and 1757: Captain N. Grekov (Н. Греков)
  • in 1758: Captain I. M. Selivanov (И.М. Селиванов)
  • in 1759: Captain S. Razdelishin (С. Раздеришин)
  • in 1760: Captain I. I. Senyavin (И. И. Сенявин)

The frigate ran aground on a reef near Gogland Island on August 16 1760.

Service during the War

From April to September 1757, the frigate cruised in the Baltic as part of a squadron under the command of Counter-Admiral V. F. Lewis (В.Ф.Люис). During this period, she anchored at Danzig and Copenhagen.

From July to September 1758, the frigate was part of Russo-Swedish fleet which sailed to Amager Island to blockade the Øresund and thus prevent any intervention of the British Navy.

From July to August 1759, the frigate was part of squadron who transported troops from Kronshtadt to Danzig.

From June to July 1760, the frigate escorted 30 galiots from Kronshtadt to Danzig and then returned to Kronshtadt. On August 15 (August 4 O.S.), she sailed from Kronshtadt, escorting 26 galiots for the same journey. On August 16 (August 5 O.S.), through a thick fog, she ran aground on a reef near Gogland Island. The crew was saved.

Characteristics

Sketch of a typical 32-gun frigate according to the Shipbuilding Regulations – Source: Collection of Roman Shlygin

The design of most Russian frigates of this period still adhered tightly to the Shipbuilding Regulations issued by Peter the Great in 1723.

Technical specifications
Guns 32
Lower gun deck 20 x 12-pdrs (Russian pounds)
Quarterdeck and Forecastle 12 x 6-pdrs (Russian pounds)
Crew 200 men
Length at keel 28.80 m (94' 6")
Length at gun deck 35.97 m (118')
Width 9.60 m (31' 6”)
Depth in Hold 4.27 m (14')
Displacement no information found yet


References

Main Sources

Ministry of the Sea - Material for the History of the Russian Navy, vol 10, St. Petersburg, 1883 in a collection of 17 volumes published from 1865 to 1904

Veselago, Fedosey Fedorovich: List of Russian Naval Vessels from 1668 to 1869, St. Petersburg: Ministry of the Sea, 1872

Other Sources

Shirokorad, A. B.: 200 лет парусного флота (200 Years of Sailing Fleet)

http://www.navy.su/

Acknowledgement

Roman Shlygin for the initial version of this article