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Goto Predestinatsia

The first ship of the line of
Russian Navy.

History

Historical background

To fight battles on the Azov Sea one needed not only sail-and-oar galleys and galleasses, which were mainly intended for coastal navigation, but also worth-the-name, sea-going sailers, good enough to set out on long voyages and armed with powerful artillery. Such ships had not been built previously in Russia. So, on November 19, 1698 it was decided to lay down the first Russian ship of the line «Goto Predestinatsia» («God’s Providence») — representing the most powerful type of ships at that time.

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History

Building the Ships for Azov Fleet

Thanks, in large part, to the successful action of the ships that blocked the waterway to the Turkish fortress, in July, 1696 Azov was captured. The capture of Azov blocked the Don estuary, which enabled the Russian ships to sail in the Azov Sea. On October 20, 1696 a far-reaching decision was adopted «Sea Vessels Shall Be»!

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