Some Peculiar Swedish Coast-Defence Vessels of the Period 1762-1808 Part I

By J. Hagg, published February 1913


In the year 1762 it was proposed by General-Lieutenant Augustin Ehrensvard and Chief Constructor H. af Chapman, to build four different kinds of ship to be propelled by both sails and oars. These vessels, which were known, according to their type, as Hemmemas, Turumas, Udemas or Pofamas, were much used in the war of 1788-90 between Sweden and Russia. They sailed badly, since with their shallow draught they could not carry enough sail, and at the same time they were too heavy to be rowed against even a light breeze.

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Filed under: Baltic | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

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