49 Russian Smallest Submarine

Russian Smallest Submarine

Posted on November 8, 2006 by team


There are different things that are of personal use. There are personal computers, personal music players, personal phones.

Transportation means are also became much more personal in 20th century, personal cars, bikes, skiing etc.

This Russian man from St. Petersburg got his personal submarine. He built it himself and it is the smallest submarine in Russia, officially registered as a boat by Russian boat registry and has got it’s own personal name and number.

He can make an underwater trip from St. Petersburg to Helsinki, Finland and back without stops, and he can go as fast as four knots.

The interesting thing that he is based in St. Petersburg which is in Northern part of Russia so the water in the sea is cold all year round.

Russian Smallest Submarine


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49 Responses to “Russian Smallest Submarine”

  1. josh says:

    I don’t understand why even the smallest detail makes these people freak out over your posts.

    This is yet another wonderfully strange entry. I love it! I think that guy’s pretty brave; I could never handle being in that small thing in open water.

  2. ilyich says:

    I love how Russian sailors still wear the traditional striped shirts.

  3. Mike says:

    Dude, yeah, I used to swim the gulf of finland as well when I was little, that mofo was cold! PS. Just so we are clear, the Finland Gulf’s water is filthier than a one-legged french prostitute.

  4. michael says:

    Wonderful collection of photos. This website is always one of the most interesting on the Internet.
    It is giving me and my friends a lot of respect for the people of Russia.

  5. Yuri says:

    Wouw! Absolutely and totally cool!

  6. dRE says:

    “I don’t understand why even the smallest detail makes these people freak out over your posts.”

    Josh: It’s really simple – most of the posts here state outrageous lies (not necessarily this one) and people who know the truth are offended by it.
    P.S. Okay, I know everyone has their own opinion about the coldness of the water – some people can swim there, some can’t.

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  8. Cowboy in Dallas says:

    Well, I think everything in this site is pretty cool. I have seen things I would have never seen. This guy is super smart and super brave to make this contraption and USE it. A true adventurer!

    Also, if you can’t say something good, then don’t say anything.. Be nice!

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  12. John says:

    What a fantastic post! Thank you! The inventiveness of people is simply amazing. This makes me wish I lived near some water so I could build my own. It looks like he runs it off from an internal combustion motor. Diesel? The photos are pretty cool too. Nice work.
    -John

  13. Debora says:

    Wow, that’s incredible!

    And I agree with Dimitri and Andrey.

  14. Acts_of_Atrocity says:

    It could`nt be said better, Dimitri.

    About guy on a submarine – his name is Mikhail Puchkov – he started building it back in 1985, and it took him 3 yars to make it run. So he moved from Ryazan where he lived, to Leningrad, where he tested his sub for a few times in a Finland`s Gulf. Then he decided to fill up the fuel tanks and travel local river system for a few days. He went trough river Neva into river Tosno, where his sub was caught in a metal net, used by some guys to pick up the wood logs flowing from a local lumbermill. He spent the whole day on a river bed, then he managed to get out of sub, and asked those guys to help him get his boat from the bottom of the river. First they thought he was crazy, but they helped. Someone thought it was suspitious, and called militia, and militia brought the KGB, and KGB brought specialists from town Vysozk, near Vyborg. They studied the sub for a few days, looking for spy equipment. They found nothing, and after some time officials gave the sub back to it`s constructor, and even agreed to officially register it as personal transport, but in return they asked Mikhail Puchkov to go into State Marine Technical University in St.Petersburg, so he could get himself a second high education, and could work on topic officially.

    Documentarian Aleksandr Kiselev is now making a short movie about Mikhail Puchkov. He says, Mikhail is now planning to paint it yellow and sail to UK. (Probably because he is a Beatles fan).

    Submarine:

    Hull – 2300 kg.
    Without fuel – 2100 kg.
    Lenght – 5 m.
    Height – 130 cm.
    Engine – 8 h.p.
    Speed up to 7 km/h.
    Submerges to 10 m.
    Crew – 2.

  15. Andrey says:

    2 dRE
    ))) You’re true ))

  16. harpofly says:

    Don’t know about anti-Russian stuff, or why it would even be foisted on this story.
    This sub (and the account of the guy’s history building and testing it) is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in awhile.

  17. TheDuke says:

    Wow, I love this blog so far. However, the people who post here are… tools.

    Pardon me. I am out.

  18. L.P. Cool says:

    Wow, that plastic bubble is so small. What if you needed to pick your nose or something? You couldn’t; it’s so small!

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  20. Meh says:

    Someone forgot to close an HTML tag…

  21. boris says:

    I know this guy. The sub .. well she leaks like a drunk in a shoe store. We had to pull his out after she burst a gasket twice.

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  23. Charles Olson says:

    Anyone have contact info for the builder? I would like plans or have it built.

  24. Alan says:

    Wow what an incredible machine. The shots where you can just see the top of his head in the bubble above the water is freaky.

  25. axle says:

    Wow! but i dont see why the smallest sub wasnt on the news? i mean how do i no its realy sept for the fact there is pics. o well dc.

  26. LuvPlmBch says:

    I think your sub is AWESOME!! I wish you would visit Palm Beach Florida, and help me find some of this shipwreck gold that is sitting right outside my neighborhood. ;-)
    You Russians can always stand proud, if you can dream it, some Russian can build it.
    The world is more interesting because you are in it.
    Best Regards,
    Steve

  27. j says:

    youre gay.

  28. dan says:

    Those russians… :D

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  30. Artisan says:

    I would like to say \”Great Job\”. As a submarine designer I think this is very well done. Thank you from a person from the world as a whole, and the USA. After all this is the Human race, not anything else that matters as far as this neat submarine.

  31. Artisan says:

    I would like to say Great Job. As a submarine designer I think this is very well done. Thank you from a person from the world as a whole, and the USA. After all this is the Human race, not anything else that matters as far as this neat submarine.

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  33. American says:

    Its a death trap.

  34. Krrisu says:

    Really Very Very Nice Job

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  36. Wilbur says:

    Some guy devoted 20+ years of his life to build this amazing machine, and that’s the best comment you can come up with?

  37. brbrbr says:

    remind me kriegsmarine and UK navy small boats from WWII era[aka "X-craft" in UK], design.
    maybe later, he try more expensive italian-approved[late '70 years]design approach.

  38. Ngern says:

    Be careful. it could be a cofin!

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  40. Simon says:

    He might be listening to the Das Boot main OST.

  41. Yoron says:

    This isn’t any minor thing, whoever wrote that didn’t get his head srewed on right :)
    This is an amazing thing, and if he makes it to London :)

    That’s gonna amaze a lot of us…
    I love it.

  42. Good joke to put a small dorsal fin on one of those subs and pilot it around beaches where surfers are swimming!

  43. GrowTaller says:

    Hello,great article. Informations are very useful and saved me huge amount of time which I have spend on something else instead of searching posts like this :) Thanks and waiting for more posts like this one.

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