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
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.