Wachmeister (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 June 5 1753 (May 25 old style, abbreviated O.S. in this article). The frigate was launched on May 7 1754 (April 26 O.S.).

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

  • in 1756: Captain T. Makenzi (Т. Макензи)
  • in 1757: Captain A. Valrond (А. Валронд)

The frigate sank in the Baltic Sea in 1757.

Service during the War

From September to October 1756, the frigate cruised in the Baltic Sea with a squadron searching for Prussian ships.

From May to September 1757, the frigate was the flagship of the squadron who blockaded Memel. On October 14 (October 3 O.S.), she left Revel, sailing for Kronshtadt. Near Aegna Island, she was caught in a violent storm. Furious waves opened a breach and the frigate sank, 14 people were lost.


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


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, 1997

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



Roman Shlygin for the initial version of this article