Peter the Great’s English Yacht: Admiral Lord Carmarthen and the Russian Tobacco Monopoly

By W.F. Ryan, published February 1983


Evidence in UK archives makes it possible to understand more fully Peter the Great’s three month stay in England. The yacht presented to him by the king appears to have been of advanced design. The Royal Transport was later used as a blueprint by the Czar to develop his own navy. The archives shed light on the key role played by the Marquis of Carmarthen who was charged with hosting Peter and who was later instrumental in assisting the Czar with creating the necessary infrastructure and training base for his nascent navy. In return he secured a monopoly in tobacco sales.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography | Shipbuilding & Design | Strategy & Diplomacy

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