Selafail (32)

From Project Seven Years War
Jump to navigationJump to search

Hierarchical Path: Seven Years War (Main Page) >> Navies >> Russian Navy >> Selafail (32)

Origin and History

The frigate was built by P. G. Kachalov at the Solombalskaya dockyard in Archangelsk. The keel was laid down on October 11 (September 30 O.S. old style) 1745. The frigate was launched on June 1 (May 21 O.S.) 1746. It was attached to the Fleet of the Baltic Sea.

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

  • in 1757: Captain G. Karandeev (Г. Карандеев)
  • in 1758: Captain G. A. Nechaev (Г.А. Нечаев)

The frigate was broken up in Kronshtadt in 1760.

Service during the War

From May to September 1757, the frigate was a part of Captain 3rd Rank A. Valrond's (А. Валронд) squadron which blockaded Memel. During this period, the frigate sometimes cruised separately from her squadron. From July 3 to 5 (June 22 to 24 O.S.) she took part with her squadron in the bombardment of the Fortress of Memel.

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

From 1759, 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
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


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

Harrison, Simon and Manuel Blasco, Three Decks - Warships in the Age of Sail

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


Roman Shlygin for the initial version of this article