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IMPERIAL RUSSIAN NAVY (RUSSIA)

CONVERTED MERCHANT VESSELS

armed merchant cruisers of World War I

more than 1000 BRT

Name

Launched // Comm.

Builder

Displacement, t

Dimensions, m

Speed, kts

Engine, Power hp

Armament

Fate

Митава <Mitava> (ex-Бирма <Birma>) 12/1894 // 8/1914 Fairfield, Glasgow, UK 9900 126.5x13.9 13 3500 - returned 9/1914
Русь <Rus'> (ex-Россия <Rossiya>) 5/1908 // 8/1914 Barclay Curle, Glasgow, UK 15000 144.8x17.6 16 6300 - returned 9/1914
Орёл <Oryol> 1909 // 9/1914 Schichau, Elbing, Germany 3554BRT 102.6x13.8 10 4200 2-120/43, 2-75/48, 4-47 to Whites 1/1920, abandoned 8/1920
Василий Великий <Vasiliy Velikiy> 1897 // 10/1915 Hull SB, UK 1414BRT 80.6x10.2 16 3600 1-75/48, 2-47 wrecked 4/1916
Колгуев <Kolguyev> 6/1915 // 10/1915 Swan Hunter, Newcastle, UK 2020 75.5x10.7 11 1200 4-75/48 captured by British 3/1918, commissioned again 4/1920, stricken 5/1920

Ship project history: Merchant vessels mobilized for service as AMC in the time of WWI.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Kolguyev served as minelayer in 1941-1945 under name Yushar.

Oryol

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