Russian hospital ship Vpered

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Vpered during her service as a hospital ship in World War I.
Russian Naval Ensign Imperial Russia
  • SS Vpered (1898-1914)
  • (Flag of the Red Cross.pngRed Cross) HS Vpered (1914-1916)
Owner: Azov Black Sea Steamship Co.
Port of registry: Russian Naval Ensign Imperial Russia, Rostov
Ordered: 1898
Builder: Stabilimento Tecnico
Laid down: 1898
Launched: 1898
Completed: 1898
Maiden voyage: 1898
In service: 1898
Fate: Torpedoed and sunk 8 July 1916
General characteristics
Type: Passenger ship/Hospital ship
Tonnage: 859 GRT

HS Vpered (Russian: госпитальное судно "Вперёд") was a Russian hospital ship that was torpedoed by the Imperial German Navy submarine SM U-38 on 8 July 1916.[1]


SS Vpered was built at the Stabilimento Tecnico shipyard in Trieste, Italy, in 1898 for Azov Black Sea Steamship Company. She was launched and completed in the same year. The ship was assessed at 859 GRT.[1]

World War I and sinking[edit]

Vpered was converted into a hospital ship when World War I broke out and operated in the Black Sea to evacuate wounded Russian soldiers from the Eastern Front.[1]

On 8 July 1916, Vpered was torpedoed by the Imperial German Navy submarine SM U-38 in the Black Sea between Rizeh and Batum. She sank shortly after. She was not carrying any wounded soldiers at the time, but seven people died in her sinking. Her survivors were saved a short time later.[2]

The Russian Empire claimed that Ottoman forces sank Vperiod rather than the Germans.[3] The Ottoman Empire replied that both ships were sunk by mines.


  1. ^ a b c "SS Vperiod (Вперед) (+1916)". 3 October 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  2. ^ П.Г.Усенко (P.G.Usenko), IСТОРIЇ ВЕЛИКОЇ ВIЙНИ 1914–1917 рр. НА ЧОРНОМУ МОРI[permanent dead link] (From the history of the Great War of the 1914-1917 on the Black Sea). Page 80. (in Ukrainian)
  3. ^ "Peace Movement Diverts Attention at Year's End from Battlefields to Chancelleries of Belligerents and Principal Neutral Capitals" (PDF). The New York Times. December 31, 1916. Retrieved August 24, 2009.