List of Russian steam frigates

List of Russian paddle and screw frigates, corvettes and clippers from 1836–1892.

The format is: Name, number of guns (rank/real amount), launch year, fate (BU = broken up). This list includes only non-armoured vessels.

Paddle frigates

This section contains paddle ships with one opened battery (except Bogatyr) and three or (rarely) two masts. Therefore, they ought to be classified as paddle corvettes or paddle brigs, but all of them (except Amerika) were officially classified as пароходофрегат (parokhodofregat), which means "steamer-frigate."

Paddle frigates of the Baltic Fleet (1836–1870)

Paddle frigates of the Black Sea Fleet (1843–1848)

Action between Russian steam frigate Vladimir (right) and Turkish steam frigate Pervaz-i Bahri of 5 November 1853

Paddle corvette of the Siberian Flotilla

The only one ship of this type served here.

Screw frigates

All of them belonged to the Baltic Fleet in 1848–1892.

Ilya Muromets-class (2 units)

The Alexander Nevsky in New York Harbor, 1863. Detail from an illustration in Harper's Weekly.

Dmitry Donskoy-class (2 units)

Screw corvettes

Screw corvettes of the Baltic Fleet (1856–1892)

Boyarin-class (14 units in all, 8 at the Baltic Sea)

Displacement 885 tons.[1]

Bayan and Kalevala

Bogatyr-class (4 units)

The Vityaz‘ somewhere in the Far East

Late training ships for naval cadets

Screw corvettes of the Black Sea Flotilla (1856–1865)

Boyarin-class (last 6 units)


Sokol-class (3 units)

Pamyat Merkuriya-class (2 units)

Screw clippers

This type of light seagoing cruisers was invented by Russians. All of them first belonged to the Baltic Fleet and served in 1856–1900s (decade), some were later transferred to the Siberian Flotilla (based on Nikolayevsk, since 1872 — on Vladivostok, since 1898 — on Port Arthur).

Razboinik-class (6 units)

Displacement 615 tons.[1]


Abrek-class (2 units)

Almaz-class (4 units)

Screw clipper Razboinik (1878) under sail. Drawing by Lieutenant Vasily V. Ignatsiusa

Kreiser-class (8 units)

The "swan song" of outgoing-era sailing fleet:




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