Russian yacht Standart

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Standart arriving at Yalta, The Crimea
Russian Navy EnsignRussian Empire
Name: Standart
Namesake: Emperor's Naval Standard
Owner: Imperial Russian Navy
Ordered: 19 June 1893
Yard number: 183
Laid down: 1 October 1893
Launched: 10 March 1895
Commissioned: September 1896
Decommissioned: 1918
Soviet Union
Name: Minelayer Marti
Owner: Soviet Navy
Reinstated: 1936 (as minelayer)
Fate: Scrapped 1963
General characteristics as Imperial Yacht
Displacement: 5557 tons standard
Length: 128 m (420 feet)
Beam: 15.8 m (52 feet)
Draught: 6.00 m (19' 8)
Propulsion: 2 Triple Expansion Steam Engines
Speed: 21.18 knots
Complement: 355
Armament: 8 - 47 mm (1.9 in) guns (Hotchkiss)
General characteristics as Minelayer Marti
Displacement: 5665 tons standard, 6198 tons deep load
Length: 122.30 m (401' 3)
Beam: 14.4 m (47' 3)
Draught: 6.80 m (22' 4)
Propulsion: 2 shaft, 2 Triple Expansion Steam Engines, 4 boilers
Speed: 18,85 knots
Complement: 400

The Standart was an Imperial Russian yacht serving Emperor Nicholas II and his family, being in her time (late 19th/early 20th century) the largest Imperial Yacht afloat. After the Russian Revolution the ship was placed in drydock until 1936, when she was converted to a minelayer. During World War II, she participated in the defence of Leningrad.


Imperial Yacht[edit]

The Imperial Yacht Standart (Штандартъ) was built by order of Emperor Alexander III of Russia, and constructed at the Danish shipyard of Burmeister & Wain, beginning in 1893. She was launched on 21 March 1895 and came into service early September 1896.

Standart was fitted out with ornate fixtures, including mahogany paneling, crystal chandeliers, and other amenities that made the vessel a suitable floating palace for the Russian Imperial Family. The ship was manned and operated by a crew from the Russian Imperial Navy. During the reign of Nicholas II, Standart was commanded by a naval Captain, although the official commander was a Rear Admiral. Her commander in 1914 was Nikolai Pavlovich Sablin.

"Standart" in 1909

In 1907, Standart ran aground on an uncharted rock off the Finnish coast. Although damaged, the ship did not sink and was repaired and soon returned to service. The Russian Imperial Family was vacationing on the Standart during the summer of 1914, when they received the news of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, in Sarajevo. With the outbreak of World War I, Standart was placed in drydock.

Soviet minelayer Marti[edit]

Minelayer Marti in 1942

After the fall of the Romanov Dynasty, Standart was stripped down and pressed into naval service. The ship was renamed 18 marta (18 March), and later Marti. In 1932-1936, Marti was converted into a minelayer by the Marti yard in Leningrad. During the Second World War, Marti served in the Baltic, laying mines and bombarding shore positions along the coast. On 23 September 1941, Marti was damaged in an air attack at Kronstadt, but later repaired and continued service until the end of the war. A mine laid off Hanko by Marti sunk the German submarine chaser UJ.117/Gustav Kroner on 1 October 1941.

After the war, Marti was converted into a training ship and renamed Oka in 1957. She continued serving in that role until she was scrapped at Tallinn, Estonia, in 1963.


  • Displacement: 5557 tons
  • Length: 370 feet (112,8 m) between perpendiculars
  • Length Overall: 420 feet (128 m)
  • Width: 50 feet 8 inches (15,8 m)
  • Depth: 20 feet (6 m)
  • Maximum Speed: 21.18 knots

Previous Imperial Yachts[edit]

References and external links[edit]

Media related to Standart (ship, 1895) at Wikimedia Commons