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Peter und Paul - Storck, Abraham (1635 -1710)

Peter en Paul

A drawing by Abraham Storck of the Frigate

Seen on the left below is Peter the Great on the afterdeck of a rowing boat. Ned. Scheepvaart Museum, Amsterdam

Tsar Peter the Great was the founder of the Russian Navy, and visited Holland and England with the intention to gain practical experience in ship building. In
the year 1697 he asked to be employed with the Dutch-East India-Company as a trainee ship’s carpenter and he worked in the project of the large frigate
“Peter and Paul” which was so launched and named after the Tsar.
The testimonial was written by Gerrit Claesz. P o o l



Zar Peter the Great viewing the model

Peter I. travelled from Holland to England where he studied in Deptford the theory of shipbuilding.

The main dimensions and armament of the frigate “Peter and Paul”
Length from stem to stem (length overall) 27,3 m
Width 7,2 m, depth 2,75 m
Sail area 490 m², armament: 22 cannons”

Peter und Paul

Peter der Große besucht die 'Peter und Paul' vor Amsterdam von Abraham S t o r c k 1640-1710

In the front, on right is the Tsar, dressed in a green coat with red fur cap, standing on board of a yacht flying 3 Russian flags from which yacht a gun salute is being fired. In
the middle is the large battleship ‘Peter & Paul’ with the flag of the Dutch-East India-Company; in the periphery there are several smaller battleships and other boats In the
background Amsterdam can be seen with the Town Hall in the centre and on the right side the Lutheran Church.

Peter the Great’s Carpenters Certificate

I, the undersigned, Gerrit Claeß Pool, Master Carpenter and Shipbuilder of the octroyirten East Indian Company at the Chamber of Amsterdam, certify and attest to the truth that Peter Michaeloff (a member of the Greater Moscow Delegation and one of the members who have lived and worked in carpentry under our supervision at the East Indian Shipyards here in Amsterdam since August 30, 1697 until this day) has proven himself during the time of his noble stay here as a hard-working and competent carpenter, including tasks such as preparatory work, protective placement, shaving, scraping, planing, inlaying, splitting, trimming, finishing, drilling, sawing, burning planks and protective strips, and whatever a good and excellent carpenter needs to do, and has helped build a frigate, (named) Peter and Paul of more than 100 feet length, from the start of the project (at stem and starboard) until she was nearly completed; this is not all, but he was, moreover, fully instructed by myself in ship architecture and the art of nautical drawing, so that His Highness shall understand these subjects from their basis, and it can all be practiced according to our approval. To attest to the truth I have signed this document with my own hand. Hence carried out
in Amsterdam at our usual residence at the East Indian Shipyards.
15 January in our Lord’s Year 1698.
Gerrit Claesz Pool,
Master Ship builder and Carpenter
of the EE.octroyierten ostindischen Companie in Amsterdam.

Original located in Moscow, Central National Archives “old records”, 9/1/28/I/24

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Voyages of the Frigate “Peter en Paul“

24.10.1698 from Texel to Batavia Arrival 03.07.1699
1700 from Malakka to Batavia Arrival 12.12.1700
13.02.1701 from Batavia to Rammekens Arrival 10.09.1701
1704 At the yard in Holland
02.11.1706 from Texel to Batavia Arrival 20.05.1707


May 1707 Batavia
October 1707 Coromandel
October 1708 Coromandel
September 1709 Ceylon
December 1709 Ceylon
April 1710 Java (Ostküste)
June 1710 Java (Ostküste)
September 1710 Malakka
October 1710 Palembang
Dezember 1710 Palembang
June 1711 Timor
Dezember 1711 Makassar
November 1712 Java . Semarang
December 1712 Makassar
December 1712 Java - Semarang
May 1712 Makassar
August 1714 Java - Semarang

On 30th November 1719 the Frigate “Peter en Paul“ was laid up in Batavia

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