Admiral Greig (1867)

Admiral Grieg, date unknown, with the crew's laundry hung to dry. The three turrets are visible, nestled within his superstructure. Original believed to be in the public domain.

Nation
Ship Type
Laid Down
1866
Launched
1867
Commissioned
1872
Decommissioned
1909
AD/BC
AD
History

Admiral Greig was a Russian three-turret monitor, laid down in 1866, and commissioned in 1872. He was armed with six 229mm (9") rifles, all muzzle-loaders, and had a top speed of 10 knots. Greig served in the Baltic Fleet for a quarter century, and aside from one minor collision, had a routine existence. Grieg received new boilers in 1881 and 1900, and was reduced to a coast-defense ironclad in 1892. He was assigned to training duty by the late 1890s, and continued in that capacity until 1909, when he was stricken from the navy list. Admiral Greig was probably scrapped in 1912, but at least one source has claimed that his hull was used as a pontoon during the construction of the Saint Petersburg–Murmansk railroad between 1916 and 1920 before being scrapped.