Stepan Makarov

Stepan Makarov

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Stepan Osipovich Makarov (; — ) was a Russian vice-admiral, a highly accomplished and decorated commander of the Imperial Russian Navy. He was also an oceanographer, awarded by the Russian Academy of Sciences, and author of several books. Makarov was of Ukrainian descent. The town of "Shiritoru" on Sakhalin island, was renamed as Makarov in 1946 in his honor.

Early life

Stepan Makarov was born in Nikolaev, now Mykolayiv, Ukraine in a family of a fleet praporshchik (прапорщик по Адмиралтейству, an auxiliary officer). His family moved to Nikolayevsk na Amure in 1858 and Makarov attended school there. Makarov joined the Imperial Russian Navy in 1863 and served as a cadet aboard a clipper of the Pacific Fleet and in 1866 took part in the voyage of the corvette Askold from Vladivostok to Kronstadt via the Cape of Good Hope. Makarov served with the Baltic Fleet between 1867 and 1876 serving as flag captain to Admiral Andrei Popov. Makarov transferred to the Black Sea Fleet in 1876.

Russo-Turkish War

Makarov was highly decorated for his service as a captain of the Russian torpedo boat tender Velikiy Knyaz Konstantin in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78. He was one of the first adopters of the idea of torpedo boats and he himself went to action in torpedo boats. On January 16, 1877 he was first in the world to launch torpedoes from a boat (which itself was launched from a tender) against a Turkish armed ship......
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