In the modern era of fast vehicles, speedy trains and transatlantic flights no one remembers that many years ago travelling across the sea was the only way to reach the remote place of destination…
Even today humans use the huge water space to transport goods though the times of ship domination have fallen into oblivion. Fortunately, not everyone is ready to forget the history and heroic sea voyages of our ancestors willing to investigate the world even at the cost of their own lives. Some enthusiastic people search for abandoned ship drawings, build vessels and go to risky expeditions following the great investigators of the past. Russian revival of traditions is closely connected with the name of Victor Dmitriyev who lives in Petrozavodsk.
Petrozavodsk is located in Karelia in Northern Europe. In May Onega Lake, one of the biggest lakes in Europe, is still covered with snow. It’s cold there. The sky is covered with black clouds.
A historical shipbuilding club “Polar Odyssey” is located here.
The sea club was founded in the Soviet times. In 1978 Mr. Dmitriyev purchased an old boat and used it for travelling with his family and friends. During the journey he saw that old navigational traditions of the coast-people were perished. That’s how he decided to develop historic shipbuilding.
The first ship Pomor was reconstructed in 1987. That was the 1st historic vessel in the Soviet Union. The ship reached Canada and Alaska.
The captain of the ship didn’t have navigational equipment and used a compass and stars in order to find the way. Having gained such an experience he could differentiate between the places easily.
Later, it will be quite easy for him to find his way across dense fogs of the White Sea.
Then the project attracted attention of authorities and mass media. The shipwrights obtained support and became popular.
Ships are built at the dockage facility. Vessels constructed here will go to different parts of Russia from Tolyatti to the Chukchi Peninsula.
Today the members of the club aim at development of native sea culture and formation of sea consciousness.
Petrozavodsk is a capital of the Republic of Karelia that was founded in 1703 under Peter’s I decree who used to visit this place. Thus, it’s natural that traditions of historic shipbuilding are continued here.
Peter I made a navy Empire from Russia. The shipwrights dream of making the Lake Tourism Empire out of Karelia where people could hire any ship they like. Did you know that there are 60 thousand of beautiful lakes in Karelia?