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Russian cruiser Almaz
Class overview
Operators:  Russian Navy
Preceded by: Pamiat Merkuria
Succeeded by: None
Built: 1902–1903
In service: 1903–1934
In commission: 1903–1920
Planned: 1
Completed: 1
Scrapped: 1
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Name: Almaz (Russian: Алмаз)
Namesake: Diamond
Operator: Imperial Russian Navy
Builder: Baltic Works, Saint Petersburg
Laid down: 25 September 1902[Note 1]
Launched: 2 June 1903
Completed: December 1903
Reclassified: Seaplane tender, 1915
Fate: Scrapped 1934
General characteristics
Type: Unprotected cruiser
Displacement: 3,285 long tons (3,338 t)
Length: 365 ft 8 in (111.5 m) o/a
Beam: 43 ft (13.106400 m)
Draught: 17 ft (5.181600 m)
Installed power: 7,500 ihp (5,600 kW)

2 shafts, vertical triple expansion steam engines

16 Belleville water-tube boilers
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph)
Complement: 336
Armament: 4 × 75 mm (3 in) guns
8 × 47 mm (2 in) guns

Almaz (Russian: Алмаз; literally "Diamond") was a 2nd-class cruiser in the Imperial Russian Navy, built by Baltic Shipyard in Saint Petersburg, Russia,[1] as a yacht for Viceroy Yevgeni Alekseyev,[2] the naval minister of the Russian Empire.[citation needed]

Service history

Almaz was commissioned into the Baltic Fleet in 1903. She took part in the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) and fought at the Battle of Tsushima. Almaz was the only major ship of the Second Pacific Squadron to reach Vladivostock after the battle. In 1907 she was reclassified as an Aviso. In 1911 she was part of the Black Sea Fleet, and was rebuilt as a seaplane tender in 1914. In 1920 she was interned at Bizerta with the remainder of Wrangel's fleet.


  1. All dates used in this article are New Style



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