The Nikolai (Russian: Николай) was a schooner of the Russian-American Company sent by Chief Manager Alexander Baranov to Oregon Country in November 1808. Due to a storm it became stuck on the Olympic Peninsula and the crew had to abandon ship. The schooner was named in honor of Saint Nicholas (Святой Николай, Svyatoi Nikolai); it is sometimes referred to as the Sv. Nikolai.

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  • The Nikolai (Russian: Николай) was a schooner of the Russian-American Company sent by Chief Manager Alexander Baranov to Oregon Country in November 1808. Due to a storm it became stuck on the Olympic Peninsula and the crew had to abandon ship. The crew quickly faced hostilities from the Hoh nation, wary of outside invaders. The crew had low food supplies and had to raid to native villages over the next year to avoid starvation. Many became the willing slaves of the Makah nation after Makah nobles agreed to free them when the next European vessel entered the Strait of Juan de Fuca. An American ship visited Neah Bay in the spring of 1810 and the RAC employees were freed and returned to Novo-Arkhangelsk. The failure of the vessel to locate a suitable location for a potential station in the Oregon Country made RAC officials refocus efforts and eventually establish Fort Ross in Alta California. The schooner was named in honor of Saint Nicholas (Святой Николай, Svyatoi Nikolai); it is sometimes referred to as the Sv. Nikolai. (en)
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  • The Nikolai (Russian: Николай) was a schooner of the Russian-American Company sent by Chief Manager Alexander Baranov to Oregon Country in November 1808. Due to a storm it became stuck on the Olympic Peninsula and the crew had to abandon ship. The schooner was named in honor of Saint Nicholas (Святой Николай, Svyatoi Nikolai); it is sometimes referred to as the Sv. Nikolai. (en)
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  • Russian schooner Nikolai (en)
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