The Potemkin

The ship in 1906

The Russian battleship Potemkin was a pre-dreadnought battleship built for the Imperial Russian Navy‘s Black Sea Fleet and launched 9 October 1900.

The crew’s rebellion against the officers in June 1905 (during that year’s revolution) is now viewed as a first step towards the Russian Revolution of 1917. After the mutineers sought asylum in Constanța, Romania, and the Russians recovered the ship, her name was changed to Panteleimon.

She accidentally sank a Russian submarine in 1909 and was badly damaged when she ran aground in 1911.

During World War I, Panteleimon participated in the Battle of Cape Sarych in late 1914 and covered several bombardments of the Ottoman Bosphorus fortifications in early 1915.

The ship was relegated to secondary roles after the first Russian dreadnought battleship entered service in late 1915. Panteleimon was captured when the Germans took Sevastopol in May 1918 and was handed over to the Allies after the Armistice in November 1918. She was abandoned when the White Russians evacuated the Crimea in 1920 and was finally scrapped by the Soviets in 1923.

The 1905 mutiny inspired Sergei Eisenstein‘s 1925 silent propaganda film The Battleship Potemkin.

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