9 The First Russian Submarine

The First Russian Submarine

Posted on September 25, 2012 by team


The first submarine appeared in Russia in the times of Peter the Great, in 1721. It used to be called “a hidden vessel”. The submarine was tested in presence of the emperor himself not far from St. Petersburg. It was the place where appeared a new city – Sestroretsk which is a big resort today. Until recently nothing had reminded of the first Russian submarine tests. But everything has changed.

This is an exact copy of the “hidden vessel”.

This is the boat from inside. The crew consisted of four to eight people.

Here you can see a periscope prototype.

This thing was always on the surface of water to intake air for breathing.

Paddles were used to move the boat under water.

“Trial of the hidden vessel of Efim Nikonov in presence of Peter the First. 1721.”

Today it sooner resembles a huge barrel of beer, though it looks cool anyway.

Location: Sestroretsk

via ivan-ku

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9 Responses to “The First Russian Submarine”

  1. Nobody says:

    The first Russian submarine was a communist vodka barrel.

  2. Osip says:

    Nicely made replica. So, how does this boat achieve the neutral buoyancy? One can see the emergency ballast weights, but it appears to have no means for the introduction/expulsion of water for making it sink/rise.

    • dave says:

      Look at the iron rods holding the ballast weights. They are like corkscrews. The T-handle of the rod is visible inside the hull under the window. Turn the handles and the ballast weight will drop off.

  3. jose says:

    When I read the title I thought it was sarcasm

  4. critter says:

    What a concept and way ahead of its time! Everyone knows wooded barrels full of air will completely submerge in water.

  5. petrohof says:

    this can be proven by science to be false. it never could have submerged. assuming average diameter of only 5 ft and length of 8 ft it would have displaced just over 10,000 lbs of water. so this thing would have to weigh MORE than 10,000 to submerge. never happened.

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