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Native name
Добровольный флот
IndustryShip transport
FateMerged with Sovtorgflot

The Russian Volunteer Fleet (

ship transport association established in the Russian Empire
in 1878 funded from voluntary contributions collected by subscription (hence the name).


Rank insignia of the Dobroflot 1881[1]:
1. Captain
2. Senior Chief Mate
3. Junior Chief Mate
4. Senior Mate / Senior Engineer
5. Junior Mate / Junior Engineer

Dobroflot was founded in wake of the

auxiliary cruisers
during wartime.

Throughout its existence Dobroflot provided invaluable services for both the government and the economic development of Russia - particularly the Russian Far East, with Dobroflot established the first regular maritime link between Vladivostok and European Russia. Moreover, Dobroflot ships were requisitioned for naval services during both the Russo-Japanese War and World War I, thereby fulfilling the original raison d'etre of Dobroflot.

After the

Soviet Russia made efforts via international courts to have them returned. Dobroflot was restored in the Soviet Union in 1922 and included into the Sovtorgflot
("Soviet Commercial Fleet") in 1925.

See also



  • Dobroflot at "Departmental Flags of the Russian Empire" page (in Russian)
  • People's Voluntary Fleet, В. Дукельский, Московский журнал № 8 — 2006 г. (in Russian)
  • Васильев, Кирилл Сергеевич (2016). "Добровольный флот" [Voluntary Fleet]. Петербургский коллекционер [Petersburg collector]. Vol. 4, no. 96. St. Petersburg. pp. 102–105.