Vladimir Kornilov

Vladimir Alexeyevich Kornilov

Soviet stamp depicting Kornilov
Born (1806-02-13)13 February 1806
Ryasnya, Tver Governorate, Russian Empire
Died 17 October 1854(1854-10-17) (aged 48)
Sevastopol, Russian Empire
Buried at St. Vladimir's Cathedral, Sevastopol
Allegiance  Russian Empire
Service/branch  Imperial Russian Navy
Years of service 1821–1854
Rank Admiral

Russo-Turkish War

Crimean War

Awards Order of St. George
Order of St. Vladimir
Order of St. Anna

Vice Admiral Vladimir Alexeyevich Kornilov (Влади́мир Алексе́евич Корни́лов; 13 February 1806 – 17 October 1854) was a Russian naval officer who took part in the Crimean War.

Kornilov was born on his family estate in Staritsky District, Tver Governorate in 1806. His father was governor of Irkutsk. Kornilov entered the naval service in 1823, and in 1827 he fought in the Battle of Navarino as a midshipman aboard the fleet's flagship Azov.

Portrait of Vladimir Alexeyevich Kornilov by Karl Brullov on board of the brig Themistocles. 1835. Paper, watercolour, pencil, varnish. 40.4 x 28.9 сm. The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. The Portrait of V. A. Kornilov, Captain of brig Themistocles, was painted during an expedition in Greece and Turkey. Athens, 1835

In 1841 he became the first captain of the battleship Twelve Apostles, he disciplined the crew and participated with it in the Black Sea Fleet Review (held every seven years) before Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich. He sailed to London in 1847 to buy a new steam frigate. In 1849 he became chief of staff Black Sea Fleet.

In 1853, with his flag hoisted aboard the 11-gun steam frigate Vladimir (commanded by Lieutenant-Commander Grigory I. Butakov) met a 19-gun Turkish Vessel, the Pervaz-ı Bahrî, when they were cruising close to Penderakli. Kornilov gave the order of engaging the enemy and the Vladimir joined battle against Pervaz-Bahri. The Ottoman ship had no bow and stern artillery, so every time it employed its side artillery, Butakov manoeuvred to rake its stern. Considering that the battle was taking too long, Kornilov gave the order to speed the sinking of the enemy. Cpt. Butakov ordered to speed up the ship and approaching the enemy to around 100 meters, fired canister rounds from all his side guns. The Pervaz-Bahri had suffered heavy casualties in the 3 hour long battle and hauled its flag. The ship was transported to Sevastopol where it was commissioned to the Russian Navy as Kornilov.[1]

Action between Russian steam frigate Vladimir (ship, 1848) and Ottoman-Egyptian steamer Pervaz-ı Bahrî of November 5, 1853 – first in the history action between steam ships by Alexey Bogolyubov

During the Crimean War, Kornilov was responsible for the defence of Sevastopol.[2] He was killed early in the siege and was buried in the Admirals' Burial Vault.[3]

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  1. Mitch. "19th Century on Russian Warships". Warshipsfromrussia.devhub.com. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  2. "Под солнцем благостной Тавриды" (PDF). 2007-04-16. Retrieved 2011-01-06.
  3. Vladimir Alekseyevich Kornilov at Find a Grave
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