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Date Posted: 10:07:08 12/14/15 Mon
Author: Chuck
Subject: Re: Swedish frigate in Egypt
In reply to: John Houghton 's message, "Re: Swedish frigate in Egypt" on 21:45:33 07/22/15 Wed

>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.

Could it possibly be that the Frigate in question was originally purchased by another Country or Company, rebuilt/modified, renamed and then the sale fell through and that the Egyptians took the opportunity to purchase
this Frigate at basically a 'get-rid-of-it' price?
Or, that once the Swedes sold the Frigate for scrapping to a Breakers that the offer was made by the Egyptians to purchase the frigate for about what the Breakers paid for it and thus saved on the purchase of a fully equipped Frigate and then they could use the $$$ saved to pay for the refurbishments?

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