Mikhail Petrovich Lazarev was the second son of the governor of Vladimir, Pëtr Gavrilovich Lazarev, himself a former naval officer. Lazarev first saw the sea in February 1800, when he and his brothers Andrei and Aleksei entered the Naval Cadet Corps at around the time of their father’s death. In 1803 Lazarev was one of about 30 cadets selected on merit for training as volunteers with the Royal Navy, in which he served for almost five years. He was promoted midshipman in 1805 and lieutenant after returning to Russia in 1808. A few months later he was taken prisoner by the Royal Navy when HIMS Vsevolod was seized and burned outside Baltic Port (Paldiski) on 26 August 1808. He was exchanged in 1809.


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