Admiral Ushakov (1893)

This 1897 photo of Admiral Ushakov gives a good view of her compact design, common to coast defense ships of the period. Believed to be Imperial Russian Navy photo, now public domain.

Nation
Ship Type
Laid Down
1892
Launched
1893
Commissioned
1895
AD/BC
AD
History

Laid down in 1892, Admiral Ushakov was the lead in a class of three coast defense ships. Commissioned in 1895, Ushakov was stationed in the Baltic. He was considered obsolete by the start of the Russo-Japanese War, but the Russian Admiralty was desperate enough to deploy him to the Pacific anyway. Ushakov made the trip, and was part of the small force that was able to transit the Suez Canal. During the Battle of Tsushima, Ushakov became separated from the rest of the fleet. He took at least three major hits, and was turned into a blazing wreck. The remaining crew scuttled Ushakov the evening of 28 May, 1905.