Siege of Ochakov

19th March 1788 - 17th December 1788
Part of : Russo-Turkish War (1787 - 1792)
Previous action : Siege of Kinburn 27.9.1787 - 1.10.1787
Next action : Battle of Fidonisi 14.7.1788



Russian Squadron, John Paul Jones (1747-1792)

Minor craft which took part in the seige included (Malaya) Aleksandr, Bogomater Turleni, Sviataia Anna, (Grigorii) Potemkin, Malet and Bityug. Malaya Aleksandr was sunk by Turkish bomb vessels on 28 June. Bogomater Turleni also known as Panagiia Turleni.

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Sviatoi Vladimir (66)  Fleet Flagship Flag of John Paul Jones
Alexander Nevskii (50)  
Fedot Muchenik (44)  
Vasilii Velikii (32)  
Sviatoi Nikolai (26)  
Grigorii Bogoslav (14)  
Grigorii Velikiia Armenii (10)  
Ioann Zlatoust (10)  
Bomb No 1 (8)  
Bomb No 2 (7)  

Ottoman Empire

Ottoman Fleet, Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Pasha (1713-1790)

The strength of the Ottoman fleet at or near Ochakov varied during the course of the seige. The fleet which arrived on 31 May reportedly comprised 14 ships of the line (most were probably about 40 to 60 guns), 10 frigates and 55 minor craft. Turkish records show that the following 8 major vessels went aground and were lost on 28 and 29 June.

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Hediyyetü'l Müluk (54)   Burnt
Ejder Başlı (50)   Captured
Seyyar-i Bahri (50)   Burnt
Muradiye (50)   Burnt
Nasir-ı Cenk (42)   Burnt
Bodrum (42)   Burnt
Fatih-i Bahri (42)   Burnt
Şehper-i Zafer (42)   Burnt

Notes on Action

This was a series of mainly small-ship actions which occurred along the coast of what is now Ukraine during the Russo-Turkish War (1787-92) as Russian and Turkish ships and boats supported their land armies in the struggle for control of Ochakov, a strategic position. The main actions at sea happened on 17, 18, 28 and 29 June and 9 July 1788. On 9 July also, the larger Turkish ships left and on 14 July they fought the Russian Sevastopol fleet about 100 miles to the south.


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