By the end of the XVIII century the Russian fleet was the third largest fleet in the world (after Great Britain and France, correspondingly). In the early XIX century it included Baltic, Black Sea, Caspian, White Sea and Okhotsk naval forces. The epoch of steam began approximately in those years. In 1826 the first Russian steamship “Izhora” was built. It had eight guns. Ten years later Russians built their first steam fregate “Bogatyr”. Now you can see a set of rare archive photos of Russian ships and officers made in around 1893.
Picture of a Japanese artist featuring the woman who has just had a nightmare about Russian army’s defeat in the war with Japan.
The same artist also depicted a Russian general Alexey Kuropatkin skiing in a suit with two torn flags in his bandana (Russian one and of the naval fleet). He’s screaming out some news from the front.