Russians who worked on the Göta Canal

Gota canal russiansGöta kanalbolag EII:8 (1813-1813) Image 67 / page 60 (AID: v89674.b67.s60, NAD: SE/VALA/02660) Link.

We previously published a blog about the Göta Canal Company’s archive in ArkivDigital. (Link to blog entry.)  In that blog, we pointed out a list of Russians in the pioneer company (pionjärkompaniet) who signed up to work on the canal so that they could return to Russia. You can find more information about these Russians who helped build the canal in several archival sources.

Approximately 60,000 men worked on building the canal between 1810 and 1832. The majority of these were Swedish soldiers from sixteen different regiments along with two naval companies. In addition a company of Russian deserters (pionjärkompaniet) also worked on the canal.

In the volume Göta kanalbolag EII: 8 on pages 58-65, you will find an inspection roll for the pioneer company (pionjärkompaniet). The roll was created at the mustering at Forsviks bruk on the 29th of May 1813. Above is an image of a page from the roll. The record shows the name, age and height of each person in the company. Occasionally in the remarks column are notes indicating if the person was ill or given special orders.

Even in the church books, you can find information about these Russians.The image below is a birth record from 1814 in the Bällefors C: 5 volume. In this birth book, you can find a number of children with Russian fathers.

ballefors birthBällefors (R) C:5 (1807-1852) Image 32 (AID: v28848.b32, NAD: SE/GLA/13073) Link.

Read blog entry in Swedish.

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Naval Ship Muster Rolls (Skeppsmönsterrullor)

Navy muster rollsFlottans arkiv: Amiralitetskollegiets med efterföljares kontor, Arméns flotta, loggböcker, rullor m.m.: Sjöexpeditioner, skeppsmönsterrullor 1689-1873 B:68 (1808-1808) Image 2230 (AID: v743669.b2230, NAD: SE/KrA/0503035) Link.

For those who are interested in learning more about sailors or other persons who served in the Navy, the Naval Ship Muster Rolls (Skeppsmönsterrullor) offer information about a ship’s sailings as well as who served on the vessel. These muster rolls, which we have photographed, begin in the year 1689 and end in the year 1873.

The image above is from an 1808 Naval ship muster roll and references the crew on the ship, Dristigheten. The image shows sailors from the Second Södra Möre (beginning of the list starts on the previous page) and the Third Södra Möre Naval companies (båtsmanskompanier). The column on the far right, “Annotationer öfver afgången” or “Remarks about departure” is of special interest. Here you will find notes as to why a crew member left the ship such as transferred to another ship, became ill or died.

You will find the Naval ship muster rolls (skeppsmönsterrullorna) in ArkivDigital by doing the following:

  • Go to the search window.
  • Select advanced options.
  • Select archive type: military.
  • Select the following archive: “Flottans arkiv: Amiralitetskollegiets med efterföljares kontor, Arméns flotta, loggböcker, rullor m.m.: Sjöexpeditioner, skeppsmönsterrullor 1689-1873”.

Link to the original blog entry in Swedish.

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