SS Boris was the first Bulgarian merchant ship.[1] She was 220 ft (67 m), with a beam of 32 ft (9.8 m) and a draught of 17.7 ft (5.4 m). The power of the engine was 165 n.h.p., providing a speed of 13.2 knots (24.4 km/h; 15.2 mph).[2]

NameSS Boris
OwnerSoc. Commerciale Bulgare de Nav. a Vap., Varna
BuilderWigham Richardson, Wallsend
Yard number302
Launched21 May 1894
Completed23 June 1894
FateSunk in a collision in November 1920
General characteristics
Length220 ft (67 m)
Beam32 ft (9.8 m)
Draught17.7 ft (5.4 m)
Installed power165 NHP
  • T3-cylinder
  • Single propellor
Speed13.2 knots (24.4 km/h; 15.2 mph)

The ship was built by Wigham Richardson, Wallsend, in the United Kingdom, and launched on 21 May 1894. Boris arrived in Bulgaria on 2 July 1894 at 9.30 am in the Bay of Varna. In the first years the ship carried out voyages between the Bulgarian ports. On 21 September 1915 the ships Cyril, Boris, Bulgaria,[3] Varna, and Tsar Ferdinand were moved to Lake Varna and anchored against the Cotton Factory.[4] In 1920, the ship was struck by the Russian steamer Kronstadt near Sevastopol, during the evacuation of the remnants of the Bulgarian military in the Crimea. The Russian side found Sakharov, the captain of Kronstadt, guilty. As a result, Russia offered to replace the Boris with the Yalta.

References edit

  1. ^ Shields Daily Gazette, Wednesday, 04/07/1894
  2. ^ "SS Boris (+1920)". Retrieved 2023-09-05.
  3. ^ "Bulgaria 1894". Retrieved 2023-09-05.
  4. ^ Sergei R. Grinevetsky, Igor S. Zonn, Sergei S. Zhiltsov, Aleksey N. Kosarev, Andrey G. Kostianoy The Black Sea Encyclopedia ISBN 978-3-642-55227-4
  • State archive of Varna Fund 616
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  • Navibulgar, БЪЛГАРСКОТО МОРСКО ТЪРГОВСКО КОРАБОПЛАВАНЕ – фарватер през три столетия, издание на Параходство Български морски флот АД