Peter von Sivers

Peter von Sivers (Russian: Пётр Иванович Сиверс, Pyotr Ivanovich Sivers; 1674 1740), more commonly known falsely as Peter von Sievers, was a German Admiral of the Imperial Russian Navy.

Peter von Sivers
Пётр Иванович Сиверс
Stade, Duchy of Bremen, Holy Roman Empire
St. Petersburg, Russian Empire
Allegiance Russia
Service/branch Russian Navy
Years of service1704 - 1732
Commands heldsnow "Falk" (1705-1706)
frigate "Kronshlot" (1707-1709)
battleship "Victoria" (1713)
battleship "Leferm" (1714-1715)
battleship "St. Catherine" (1716)
battleship "Moscow" (1717-1718)
Russian Admiralty (1727-1732)
Awards Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky


Sievers belonged to the Sivers family (de), originated from Fehmarm. His family moved to Copenhagen, where his father entered the Danish Navy as a captain, shortly after his birth. in 1688 Sivers joined the Danish Navy too and by 1703 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. The following year he joined the Russian Navy with the rank of captain in order to assist in the building and modernization of the Russian fleet spearheaded by Emperor Peter the Great. He was made part of the Estonian nobility in 1716, becoming the founder of the House of Sivers.

Von Sievers became the vice-president of the Russian Admiralty Board in 1727 and its president, with the rank of admiral, between 1728 and 1732. In 1732 Sievers fell from grace as a result of a plot led by hostile parties. He was unfairly removed from office and exiled to his Ekekäll country estate near Khiytola (Estonian: Hiitola), in the former Vyborg Governorate of Karelia —present-day Priozersky District, that had been granted to him for his services. After almost eight years in exile, he was allowed to come to St. Petersburg for treatment on 9 January 1740 where he died in December the same year.[1]

Ships under his command

All these ships belonged to the Baltic Fleet:

  • 14-gun snow "Falk" (1705-1706)
  • 24-gun frigate "Kronshlot" (1707-1709)
  • 50-gun battleship Victoria (1713)
  • 70-gun battleship Leferm (1714-1715)
  • 60-gun battleship St. Catherine (1716)
  • 64-gun battleship Moscow (1717-1718)

See also


  1. Dan, John. The history of the Russian Navy in the reign of Peter the Great / PA Krotov - SPb. : Historical illustration, 1999. - p. 161.


  • Transehe-Roseneck, Astaf von. Genealogical Handbook of the Livonian Knighthood , Vol. 1. Görlitz (1929)
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