The Neva Crosses Sitka Sound, contemporary painting by Mark Myers

The Neva played an important role in Russian reconquest of Sitka, which began on September 23, 1804. The ship’s Captain, Yuri Lisianski wrote:
“Our whole force being now collected together, we determined to attack our enemy. The next day the weather was so calm, that our ships were obliged to be towed till ten in the evening, when we anchored for the night, at a short distance from the old settlement of the Sitcans. The Neva could not have reached this station, but for assistance of a hundred baidarkas, which, though small in size, pulled with uncommon strength. The next day we landed and took possession of the settlement, which was situated on a hill of a tolerable height and well adapted for a fortification.”