Kreiser (32)

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Origin and History

The frigate was built by I. V. James (И.В. Ямес) at the Solombalskaya dockyard in Archangelsk. The keel was laid down on September 4 1749 (August 24 old style, abbreviated O.S. in this article). The frigate was launched on May 9 1751 (April 28 O.S.).

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

  • in 1756 and 1757: Captain I. A. Kolyshkin (И. А. Колышкин)
  • in 1758 and 1759: Captain T. P. Kanavin (Т. П. Канавин)
  • in 1760: Captain I. Michurin (И. Мичурин)

This ship was, for an unknown reason, slower than her sister ships – as slow as frigates experimentally built 1'6" wider.

The frigate was broken up in Kronshtadt in 1763.

Service during the War

In October 1756, the frigate cruised in the Baltic Sea.

From May to October 1757, the frigate was a part of squadron who cruised in the Baltic Sea, blockading the Prussian coasts.

From July to September 1758, the frigate was a part of fleet who sailed to Amager Island to block access to the Øresund and thus prevent any intervention of the British Navy in the Baltic Sea.

From April to August 1759, the frigate cruised near Pillau, escorting cargo vessels on their way to Danzig. In September, she transported wounded and sick troops from Danzig to Revel.

From August to September 1760, the frigate was part of the fleet who established a blockade during the Siege of Colberg. She took part in the bombardment of the fortress.

From 1761, the frigate was out of service.


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
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


Chernyshev, A.A.: Russian sailing fleet, Vol.1, 1997

Shirokorad, A. B.: 200 лет парусного флота (200 years of sailing fleet)


Roman Shlygin for the initial version of this article