Peter the Great’s Combat Admiral: George Paddon, Captain, R.N.

By Richard H. Warner, published February 1989


Captain George Paddon RN (1690-1719) served as Rear Admiral in the Russian Navy from 1717 to 1719. This paper challenges the perception of Paddon as a disgraced Royal Navy officer and instead presents him as a distinguished fighting captain, especially chosen by Tsar Peter ‘The Great’ to revitalise the Russian Navy and appointed with the personal approval of King George I. Although Paddon’s unexpected death deprived him of the opportunity of combat, his Russian service was notable for reforms in administration and training and for recruiting other senior British officers to the Tsar’s navy, to the detriment of its existing Dutch-Scandinavian leadership.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Spanish Succession | Baltic | English Channel | Other (Eighteenth C) | Mediterranean | Caribbean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

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