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Mary Cozens/Czar Peter the great

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Re: Mary Cozens/Czar Peter the great

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Surnames: Cozens



Richard Cozens, Shipbuilder to Peter the Great.

Peter I was in England for four months in 1697-1698. He hired several ship builders, one of them Richard Cozens, who arrived in Russia in 1700.

Alexander Cozens and Peter Cozens were sired by Peter I, sailed to England in 1727 (Alexander was 10 years old, Peter was only 8). Peter died soon after. Alexander lived his life in comfort under the protection of the Hamilton Family. His mother was Mary Hamilton, decapitated (March 1719) by the Tsar himself for "infanticide". After the decapitation, the Tsar gave a lecture of anatomy holding the dead head high, then kissed it and threw it on the mud. Alexander lived a lovely professional and family life in England. Most of Alexander Cozens paintings were recently sold by the Duke of Hamilton to the Tate Gallery. The rest are in the Victoria & Albert Museum, and other important museums. The Orlov Family also followed Alexander Cozens steps by means of subscriptions to Alexander's books.

A lovely professional and large family life was also lived by Richard Cozens in Russia:

Kozens [Cozens], Richard, master shipbuilder, died in December 1735 in Archangel. Received into Russian service in 1700. From 1701 to 1709 in Voronezh built the 70-gun ships Staryi Dub [Old Oak] and Spyashchii Lev [Sleeping Lion]. From 1707 to 1710 in Tavrov he built six ships of 24, 48, and 80 guns. From 1712 to 1732 in St. Petersburg he built nine ships, and on 10 July 1723 he was awarded the rank of captain-commodore. In January 1733 he was sent to Archangel where he worked up to the day he died, managing to build three ships and begin a fourth.
 
Obshchii Morskoi spisok, Vol. I, page 179.
 
Translated by Mark Conrad, 2001.
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