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A collection of Greek ships. WiP




1)The caliber of the guns on most ships is uknown.Although it is speculated that most of them carried 12pdr guns.

2)Gun number and gun ports don't always match.These pictures are more artistic than realistic.

3)Some names of the ships are the same.Howewer they were either owned from a different family or from a different island.In most cases either from the island of Hydra or the island of Spetses.








8 gun steamer






Built in London for the Greeks, Karteria was possibly the most modern warship in the world when it entered service in 1826. She was ordered, part financed and captained by retired Royal Navy officer, Captain Frank Abney Hastings.


At the age of 11, Hastings had taken part at the Battle of Trafalgar on HMS Neptune. He rose to commander until 1820 when due to an incident with a senior officer he was Hastingscompelled to leave the service. A great philhellene, in 1822 he went to Greece to serve on Tombazis’s ship "Themistoklis". In 1824, he managed to secure £10,000 of the £2,000,000 of the second Greek loan from England, to finance Karteria; he paid for her guns himself. A year later, he was appointed commander-in-chief of the Greek revolutionary navy.


Karteria was classified as a four-masted sloop-of-war that operated under sail while travelling, but could be propelled by steam-powered paddles in battle. Captained by Hastings, armed with 68-pounder guns and equipped with on-board furnaces to provide red-hot incendiary shots, Karteria was deadly against the older wood and sail ships of the Ottoman navy. In 1827 alone, she fired 18,000 rounds and sank several enemy ships.


Karteria is most notable for being the first steam warship in the world to be used in battle (the first steam warship built was the American USS Demologos from 1814). Apart from Karteria, five more steam warships were ordered. Two of them, "Epiheirisis" and "Ermis" entered Greek service before the war was over, one blew up during trials and two were never completed and were left to rot on the Thames.


Materials used for construction are described by Hastings, in his Memoir of 1828:


" The ‘Karteria’ was built with her timbers close and caulked together, and would therefore, have floated without planking. I had several opportunities of remarking the advantage of building thus, to resist shot; nothing less than a eighteen pounder ever came through us; this, ’tis true, might be partly attributed to Turkish bad powder, but those shot that did come through, always made a nice clean round hole without a splinter. However, against shells it would have a disadvantage, as they would be more likely to stick in it. Perhaps if shells became generally used, it will be proper to make the upper works of a ship as slight as is consistent with strength, and iron ribs might perhaps be good. The ‘Karteria’ had another peculiarity in her build – two solid bulkheads enclosing the engine room, and caulked and lined, so as to be water tight, the intention of this was, in the event of one part of the ship being leaky from any cause whatever, the water could not flow into another part of the ship. This arrangement, which is due to the ingenuity of Mr Brent, the builder, once saved this ship from fire, which broke out with great force in the after-part of the engine room, and would have communicated to the shell room very quickly. But for this bulkhead, which kept the fire forward, and gave us time to subdue it. I see no reason why all men of war should not be furnished with similar partitions. The same builder saved another ship (the Rising Star) from sinking, by this contrivance."




Displacement: 233 tons

Propulsion: two steam enginers of 85hp and four masts with schooner rigging

Consumption: 7 tons of coal per day

Speed: 7 knots

Length: 38.4m

Width: 7.6m



4 x 68-pounder carronades and 4 x 68-pounder guns of a new design based on a model by Frank Hastings



185 (17 officers, 22 petty officers, 32 gunners, 110 sailors and 4 cooks-cabin boys)






The ship's most celebrated success was a raid on the port of Itea, near Salona (Amfissa) in the Gulf of Corinth, on 29/30 September 1827, where it sank 9 Ottoman ships.

Painting showing the Karteria (centre-right, with sails down and smoke issuing from funnel) in action at the Battle of Itea (1827). Note that the Karteria is advancing under steam against the wind, in contrast with the two flanking Greek warships.




The figurehead:







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Holy Trinity(Agia Trias)

12 gun polacre



High res:http://www.botsisauctions.com/gr/AuctionsDetails/347/%CE%9A%CE%A1%CE%99%CE%95%CE%96%CE%97%CE%A3,-%CE%91.%CE%95.-%5B%CE%BA%CE%B1%CE%B9%5D-%CE%91%CE%9B%CE%95%CE%9E%CE%91%CE%9D%CE%94%CE%A1%CE%97%CE%A3,-%CE%9A.%CE%91.-









The ship AGIA TRIAS from the port of Hydra in Greece owned by George. A. Kriézis under her royal flag with 8 guns. That ship was captured by Algerian pirates after a bloody fight, South of Sardinia in June 1809. Her captain Antonios Kriezis aged of 18 years and his crew were held prisoners. 


Weight:380 tons





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14 gun brig







A 260 ton brig from Hydra owned by George Kriezis.



Owned by the Spetsiot, Mexis family

4th of June 1820




Lenght:22,4 meters

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18 gun brig (also classed as corvette)








The flag of the ship.It is based on the byzantine eagle.



The figure head:




The 30,72 meter long Agamemnon.Armed with 18 (possibly 12pdr) long guns.Property and flagship of Laskarina Bouboulina the only woman in world naval history,until recently,to hold the rank of Admiral.


The Agamemnon was burned by Andreas Miaoulis along with the frigate Hellas and the corvette Hydra in the naval base of Poros, during the Greek civil war in 1831.

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16(?) gun frigate(?)


Owned by the Hydriots,Ioannes Orlandos and Lazaros Pinotsis






Lenght: 21,952 meters


It was also called as a "war-brig" even though it is three masted.

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Αlexander A' (the first)

6-gun Brig

280 tonnes


Owned by Hydriot,Tsamados family





Aris(same ship with Alexander A')

Aris is the renamed Alexander.The name was changed when the war started.

18 gun brig







Lenght:31,5 meters

Weight:350 tons


Armament: 18x 12 pdr guns




NOTE:This might be the same ship with this: http://forum.game-labs.net/index.php?/topic/6241-5th-6th-rates-collection-with-plans/?p=144850  There seems to be a confusion of info in the sources.

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12 gun (galliot according to the source)

Owned by the Hydriot,Kriezis family






"1809. Attack by Algerian Pirates of the greek Panagia under Moroccan flag"




Here before the rigging was changed:



Lenght: 21,76 meters

Weight:450 tons

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Agios Nikolaos(Saint Nicolas)

14-gun polacre

450 tons


Owned by the famous Andreas Vokos or Miaoulis









Note on the first painting by Antoine Roux:

"Greek ships visitng French ports are notable for their tall masts and the dignity of their captains."

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Athina tis Arktou(Athena of the North)

Τhe name was given by Lambros Katsonis in honour of Catherine the Great of Russia.

Flagship of Lambros Katsonis. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lambros_Katsonis

28(?) guns






http://threedecks.org/index.php?display_type=show_ship&id=21087 Probably the same ship.


https://books.google.gr/books?id=70KyBgAAQBAJ&pg=PA273&lpg=PA273&dq=saint+nicholas+1770+frigate&source=bl&ots=XLH8vRT4Mq&sig=hIU7m2_EeV0aOgKuRBO5SHXHi0Q&hl=el&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj2qN6bwv_JAhVB1BoKHXvEBwMQ6AEINzAE#v=onepage&q=Sviatoi%20Nikolai%2026&f=false page 180

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