Second-Hand Men-of-War in 1712-14

By R. C. Anderson, published November 1931


Buying ‘used’ warships in the early 18th-century was common practice, especially for lesser maritime powers who needed ready-built units quickly. The new navy of Peter the Great was in a bitter, life-or-death struggle against Sweden, and the close of the War of Spanish Succession was a welcome opportunity for Russia to purchase unwanted men-of-war of 50-60 guns each from English owners. The author now suspects that the Kronskepp of a Swedish squadron from 1719-21 was not in fact the captured Bolingbroke bound for Revel, and that fully 2 out of 3 ships in the Russian fleet by 1715 were purchased abroad.

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Filed under: Spanish Succession | Baltic
Subjects include: Navies

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