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Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2016 11:33 a.m. PST

I just bumped into this Wikipedia page about Dobroflot, an Imperial Russian "fleet" of merchant vessels built with public subsidies on the condition that they could be requisitioned in wartime and converted into auxiliary cruisers (and supposedly were, in the RJW and WWI). As usual, there's way too little information in Wikipedia about this. I'd like to know more about these ships. Pointers to good sources appreciated.

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FoxtrotPapaRomeo26 May 2016 3:05 a.m. PST

Magazine in Russian (translation follows)

Readers are invited to a directory dedicated to one of the largest shipping companies in Russia – Voluntary fleet, created with government support after the Balkan War as a reserve of the Russian Imperial Navy.
In each of the articles of manufacture are provided a brief historical background on the establishment, construction and military service of the ship, as well as its technical characteristics.

Maritime Collection 6 – 2007 (96). Voluntary Russian fleet
Appendix "Maritime Collection"
Publisher: Model Construction
Author: Yu N.Trifonov, AE Volkov
Number of pages: 44
Russian language
Format: PDF
Size: 25,8 Mb

Captain Gideon26 May 2016 9:02 a.m. PST

I recently bought that book off ebay and should be getting it soon.

It'll be a nice addition to my Russo-Japanese War book collection.

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