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Russ

 

Presumably referring to the Scandinavian traders called the Rus' in the Russian Primary Chronicle. Many Soviet historians believe the Rus' were Slavs of local origin, but other theories have it that the Scandinavian Varangians who entered Russia in the Eighth Century A. D. were these Rus'. There is general agreement the Rus' founded the Russian state around Kiev in the Ninth Century, with the Vikings proper (or Svea) preceding the Varangians and not being involved in the true origins of Russia.

 

(SP - 1151: displacement 14.5; length 60; beam 10; draft 3; speed 30 knots; complement 8; armament 1 3-pounder, 1 machine gun; class No. 311 (?))

 

Russ, built in 1917 as the wooden vedette boat No. 278 for the Imperial Russian Navy by Greenpoint Basin & Construction Co., was acquired 9 August 1917 for U.S. Navy service as a patrol boat and renamed Russ 28 November 1917.

 

Although assigned to the 3d Naval District, Russ was never commissioned in the U.S. Navy. She was sold 29 March 1921 to John Emile of Jacksonville, Fla., for service as a yacht. Russ subsequently burned and sank 27 March 1924 off St. John's Bar, Fla., without lost of life.


21 October 2005