Moskva (66) 1760

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Origin and History

The ship was built by I. V. James (И.В. Ямес) at the Solombalskaya dockyard in Archangelsk. The keel was laid down on October 5 1758 (September 25 old style, abbreviated O.S. in this article). She was launched on June 5 1760 (May 25 O.S.). She was attached to the Fleet of the Baltic Sea.

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

  • in 1760: Captain F. I. Neklyudov (Ф.И. Неклюдов)
  • in 1761 and 1762: Captain T. P. Kanavin (Т.П. Канавин)

The ship was broken up in 1771 in Kronshtadt.

Service during the War

From July to September 1760, the ship made her inaugural journey from Archangelsk to Kronshtadt.

On June 29 1761 (June 18 O.S.), the ship left Revel loaded with troops for the Siege of Colberg. On August 1 (July 21 O.S.), she disembarked her troops near Cape Rugenwalde. On August 17 (August 6 O.S.), she was part of a detachment sent to observe the coastal fortifications of the fortress. On August 25 (August 14 O.S.), the ship joined the main fleet assigned to the blockade the fortress and to cut all communications. On September 8 (August 28 O.S.), the fleet, including this ship, had to sail away from the Pomeranian Coast due to stormy weather. At sea, she accidentally became separated from the fleet but finally reached Revel on October 24 (October 13 O.S.).

From June to August 1762, the ship was part of the squadron who transported troops from Colberg to Revel.

Characteristics

Sketch of a typical 66-gun ship according to the Shipbuilding Regulations – Source: Collection of Roman Shlygin

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

Technical specifications as per Veselago
Guns 66
Lower gun deck 24 x 24-pdrs (Russian pounds)
Upper gun deck 26 x 12-pdrs (Russian pounds)
Quarterdeck and Forecastle 16 x 6-pdrs (Russian pounds)
Crew no information found
Length at gun deck 47.40 m (155' 6”)
Width 13.25 m (43' 6”)
Depth in Hold 5.33 m (17'6”)
Displacement approx. 1,200 metric tons


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

Chernyshev, A. A.: Russian Sailing Fleet, Vol. 1

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