Dmitry Senyavin

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See Sverdlov class cruiser and Russian coast defense ship Admiral Seniavin for the ships.


Dmitry Nikolayevich Senyavin or Seniavin (17 August 1763 — 5 April 1831) was a Russian admiral who ranks among the greatest seamen of the Napoleonic Wars.

Service under Ushakov

Born in a family estate near Borovsk, Senyavin belonged to a notable family of sea captains, all of whom, starting with his great uncle, served in the Imperial Russian Navy. Having graduated from the Naval Cadet Corps in 1780, he took part in an expedition to Lisbon, then joined the Black Sea Fleet upon its formation in 1783 and helped construct the naval base in Sevastopol. Family interests gained him rapid promotion, especially after his resolute actions had prevented a flagship from capsizing during the Varna expedition and Prince Potemkin had entrusted him with a vital task of transporting diplomatic mail to the Russian embassy in Constantinople.

During the Russo-Turkish War, Senyavin was present at Fidonisi and Ochakov and went to Saint Petersburg to inform the Empress about the former victory. Although he distinguished himself in command of the battleship Navarchia during the Battle of Caliacria, he had no patience with Ushakov's cautious and cunctative approach and paid little attention to his authority, which resulted in his confinement to a guardhouse and the threat of his reduction in rank. At last Potemkin effected a reconciliation between Senyavin and his peer, remarking in his letter to...
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