The Irish naval officers in imperial Russia

Irish military migrants sought opportunities in the expanding Russian Empire

The English Ship ‘The Royal Sovereign’ with a royal yacht in a Light Air by William van de Veld the Younger. Image: Wikimedia Commons

The English Ship ‘The Royal Sovereign’ with a royal yacht in a Light Air by William van de Veld the Younger. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Many readers will be familiar with the Irish seafarers who helped establish navies in the Americas in the 18th century: Admiral Brown in Argentina, Commodore Barry in the US, Bernardo O’Higgins in Chile, and Pedro Campbell in Uruguay.

A lesser-known story is that of the Irish in the Russian navy.

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