7 Round Ships of the Russian Admiral

Round Ships of the Russian Admiral

Posted on July 22, 2012 by team


After Russia's loss in the Crimean war in 1856 Russia was forbidden to have any warships in the Black Sea by Treaty of Paris, leaving one of the most important parts of Russia - its only non-freezing sea ports and the area through which most of Russia's sea trade went, unprotected.  Hence in the late-1860s Russia started to think about abrogating the terms of the treaty in order to protect its coast against rapidly deteriorating relations with Turkey. It was obvious that in the beginning the strategy for the Russian fleet would be purely defensive against relatively powerful Turkish fleet and so in the 1869 it was decided to build armored warships to protect the coast and the ports. This where the Rear-Admiral Popov comes in, in the 1860s he was the unofficial head of the shipbuilding in Russia.


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It was during the design discussions, Popov suggested an idea that he had for a while - building round ships which would have carried heavy armor and armament on smallest draft and displacement. To prove the concept a small round steam launch with a diameter 3.35m was built. It proved successful enough for the construction of the full size ships to proceed. In 1871 with the defeat of France in the Franco-Prussian was Russia denounced the Treaty or paris and set about restoring it's Black Sea fleet.

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7 Responses to “Round Ships of the Russian Admiral”

  1. DouglasU says:

    these ships were a big mistake. The motion of the waves on the wide hull made it impossible to aim the guns.

  2. Osip says:

    The model maker has placed a cowl vent directly forward of the guns. Not a good location for obvious reasons.

  3. Igor says:

    And gun crew in those two cannons gets killed by gun recoil.

  4. René says:

    Good on paper only.

  5. kt315 says:

    This is not a full ship, but self-propelled pontoon with a very shallow draft for the defense of shallow water. The mouth of the Dnieper and Southern Buh.

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