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Date Posted: 21:45:33 07/22/15 Wed
Author: John Houghton
Subject: Re: Swedish frigate in Egypt
In reply to: AvM 's message, "Re: Swedish frigate in Egypt" on 08:37:23 07/18/15 Sat

The visit to Sweden actually took place in 1816 and was one stage of a lengthy mission to London, Paris, Hamburg and Russia as well. It was headed by Joseph Bokty, the Swedish consul in Alexandria. Ismail "Gibraltar" in Western sources was Ismail Jabal Tariq, a close connection of Egyptian Governor Mehmed Ali and then commander of the Egyptian Navy.

Durand Viel in Campagnes navales de Mohammed Aly et d’Ibrahim, vol 1, p 441 says the ship purchased in Sweden was "transformée" (transformed) in London which suggests major alterations. The only Swedish frigate sold about this time was Thetis in 1818 but I thought Swedish warships were all sold for scrapping. I would expect the sale of a Swedish warship to Egypt to be recorded in the Swedish archives and in other diplomatic correspondence too.

John

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