Sailor Miklaw of the Imperial Naval Artillery

 
     
 

 
 

Photo Laura Rowe

 



 

   

This is a faded studio photograph probably taken in Germany during the 1880s. It shows a sailor ("Matrose") named Miclaw of the Imperial Naval Artillery.

He wears standard German naval uniform as worn by other ranks from the 1870's until 1918. He has a dark blue woollen cap (see right) with an imperial cockade and black cap tally with a gold inscription- "KAISERL. MATR. ARTILLERIE", abbreviated from "Kaiserliche Matrosen Artillerie" or Imperial Sailors Artillery.

His shirt is the blue woollen winter naval top ("Wollenes Hemd" or woollen shirt) with removable naval collar in a lighter shade of blue with three white stripes (see right). The collar is tucked into a black neckerchief at the front, tied with white cord. He would almost certainly have been wearing matching dark blue trousers worn loose over black boots.

Matrose Miclaw - Very little is known about this sailor, except that he was Latvian and his surname was Miklaw or Miklavs. All that is known has come from his Great Great Granddaughter, Laura Rowe. Her Great Grandfather, Matrose Miklaw's son, was born Robert Theodore Miklaw in Riga, Latvia on 21st February 1885. Robert emigrated to America as a young man, himself deserting from a naval vessel (possibly German or Russian). If you can help find any more information on Matrose Miklaw please email me here.

Please respect the generosity of Laura Rowe in sharing this photograph with us by not reproducing it without prior permission. 


Imperial Naval Artillery Cap
(See Naval Uniforms Details Page)
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Doppler Collection

Rear View of the Blue Naval Top
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Doppler Collection

 

 
 
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