An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

Askold is a small island located in the Sea of Japan. Long ago it was absorbed in an extensive war. The war started because of the goldfields located there. The local graveyard that has turned into a forest now hides quite a few mysteries of the island.

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

In 1892 the Headquarters of the Vladivostok Fortress created a permanent observation post on the island. It was connected with the headquarters with the help of a telegraph line. But the main task of the Askold department was to watch the Japanese try to construct the mine fields in front of the Bosporus. Also, those days the Askold Island was the only nursery of the axis deer.

The island is visible from all around. If you look at its form on a sea map it resembles a horseshoe. Looking at it from the sea one can’t help but admire its majesty and mysteriousness. The weather is quite unpredictable. The bright sky may turn into a gray and rainy one in a twinkle of an eye.

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

The beautiful island used to be the place for breeding deer, building pretty lighthouses, artillery fortifications to protect Peter The Great gulfs, deploying missiles… But then it was abandoned…

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

A rotten pier, devoured by the time…

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

Lots of various metal rubbish can cover the whole coast.

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

Somebody was trying their hardest to get all the fuel out of this barrel.

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

The weather changes suddenly: the sun, rain and fog change one another constantly.

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

7 pillboxes were constructed to protect the island from the landing forces. But  it seemed unlikely as all the water space was under the protection of the Voroshilovskaya Battery. The luminescent navigational signs are installed in the northern part of the island.

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

Also, there is an artillery battery number 26 consisting of the two MB-2-12 plants. Its construction started on July, 13 in 1936 and it was being tested until 1991. It is really huge.

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

This 180-mm battery number 26 consisted of two concrete tower blocks, a power station, a command post, land defense constructions and barracks.

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

The distance between the tower blocks was 169 meters. The command post and the power station were situated in the different blocks. A revolving armoured deckhouse was located in another block, but still it was connected with the command post.

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

The range finder is still in a good state.

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

The guns of the 26th battery could fire the 97 kg shell to a distance of 37 km.

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

Fireworks launched by the guns

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

These used to be the shelters.

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

Lots of technical equipment

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

Unique lighthouses

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

This one built in the Soviet times is still working. You can easily get there down the stairs.

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

This one has been functioning since 1950.

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

As for the older lighthouse, you can only get there by boat as the bridge disappeared.

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

A long way up

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

Stairs leading to the oldest lighthouse, built in 1881

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

There it is.

An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan

Location: Askold

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23 thoughts on “An Abandoned Island In The Sea of Japan”

  1. Давайте отличать заброшенность от засранности. Этот остров, как и другие заповедные уголки Приморья долгие годы засирался Тихоокеанским Флотом, который до сих пор является “хозяином” этих мест.

    • Gee, if that kind of logic was applied to the US, most Americans would have to go back to Europe and the country would revert back to its native owners.

    • That’s an island near Vladivostok. It never was belonged to anyone exept Russia.
      http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=42.78,132.33&spn=0.1,0.1&t=h&q=42.77,132.33

    • The islands the Russian stole from Japan were now called “South Kuril Islands”.
      http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/europe/news/article_1615846.php/Russian-delegation-visits-disputed-island-claimed-by-Japan

    • Sorry, Typo above. “The islands the Russian stole from Japan ARE now called “South Kuril Islands””
      Russians wants to develop the Kuril islands as their own territory using Japanese assistance. They are threatening Japan saying they may invite other countries to develop the islands if Japan do not join.
      http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/01/31/42104701.html

  2. Great photos of a very interesting place. For some reason it makes me think of an imaginary stronghold for an old James Bond foe. 🙂

  3. This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in my life, I would love to go on holiday here, but I don’t know how to get there??????

    • It`s named not “Bosphorus” (“Bosphor” by russian lang), but “Bosphor Vostochniy” on russian lang (“The Easten Bosporus” on english lang).

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