Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Wreck of Russian battleship in the Black Sea discovered according to the Dutch newspaper Bataviaasch nieuwsblad dated 28 August 1928

Half sister ship Imperator Aleksander III

An item referred to a tiding from Moscow, Russia reporting that a Russian salvage company discovered the wreck of a Russian battleship which was lost in the Black Sea in June 1918. She was lying upside down. The De Sumatra Post dated 27th called her Vrij Rusland.(1)

1. Translation is Svobodnaya Rossiya, this must be the former Ekaterina II and Imperatritsa Ekaterina Velikaya of the Imperatritsa Mariya-class consisting of the Imperatritsa Mariya, Imperatritsa Ekaterina Velikaya  and Imperator Aleksander III, preceded by the Gangut-class and succeeded by the Imperator Nikolai I. Laid as Ekaterina II down by ONZiV Shipyard, Nikolayev [Ukraine] on 30 October 1911, launched on 6 June 1914, renamed Imperatritsa Ekaterina Velikaya on 27 June 1915, commissioned on 18 October 1915, renamed Svobodnaya Rossiia 0n 29 April 1917 and finally torpedoed by the Russian destroyer Kerch off Novorossiysk and sunk to prevent that she fell in German hands.