How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

One of the most interesting places in Petrozavodsk is club “Polar Odyssey”. A team of true romanticists who are in love with the sea, work here. The club has its own operating fleet, a big part of which are wooden ships, copies of historical sailboats that sailed centuries ago. It would be very interesting to learn how to build wooden ships and how to sail in them.

 

“Polar Odyssey” is located in Petrozavodsk, on the shore of Onegskoe Lake. People who are interested in history, or people who want to take pictures, come here. Even if you can’t decide what a shallop is, or what type a boat is, or tell a propeller screw from a propeller, everything there is still very romantic.

How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

The club has a museum, which has collected nearly forty years of club history.

How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

The concentration of exhibits and artifacts per square metre is unbelievable, when the captain Alexey Dmitriev talks about the history, you can listen to it for hours.

How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

Wooden ships have been built at the club “Polar Odyssey” for decades, and on which they sail not only through the Onegskoe sea and Karelia surroundings, but the make long international expeditions. For example, in 1990, the shallop “Love” made a voyage of many months sailing to Israel.

How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

Maps of expeditions say a lot, they are to Greece and Italy, and England. All this is accompanied with numerous fascinating stories that should be in the pages of a novel.

How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

You can touch and even try on each exhibit. Here is a diving helmet that weighs about 20 kilograms, but no one turned down the opportunity to take photographs.

How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

The former participants of the expeditions became museum exhibits. This is “Pomor”, launched in 1987. Ships such as Pomors conquered the seas many centuries ago.

How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

From the site of “Polar Odyssey”:

Currently, the ship “anchored” at the Maritime Museum “Polar Odyssey” as an interesting exhibit. Unfortunately, there is no money for its proper conservation near the museum (working solely on donations from sponsors and self-financing). A few years later Koch will eventually rot, as a reproach to officials, broadcasting from different stands about the tourism development, patriotic education of youth, and other beautiful things …

The same shallop “Love”, a copy of ancient ship that sailed through many seas and returned to Petrozavodsk.

How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

Poor lady, she has a hard time in the winter.

How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

Alex talks in great detail about the features of each vessel. He knows every nail driven into the trim of the ship.

How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

There are also more modern ships, such as these Houseboats – cottages on the water, specially built for tourists.

How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

And these ships are written off, and were given to the club.

How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

But let’s look at the factory, where the new conquerors of the seas are now being built.

How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

This shallop will go on a world tour.

How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

In the spring, this shallop will be launched, then there will be its fit out and testing. Now it stands in a large shop.

How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

A wooden beauty.

How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

Inside, there are cabins and a kitchen.

How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

Of course, modern tools and instruments are used during the construction.

How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

In a neighboring shop, they build up a Drakkar copy – a so called Viking boat.

How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

So it will roughly look like Drakkar after construction.

How Do they Build Wooden Ships in Karelia

This vessel will also have a fascinating adventure, but construction is delayed because it requires funds.

It is a very interesting place, and may become one of the most popular tourist sites of Petrozavodsk, if it was supported by the state, but so far everything is made by the enthusiasm of club members.

If you’re in Karelia, plan to visit the “Polar Odyssey”, you will not regret it.

P.S. Wooden ships are not only built in Karelia. In Tomsk, Alexander Boitsov builds a copy of the boat of Peter the Great. He is also a very passionate man, read the story of how he came to the idea of ​​building a boat. Alexander now needs a little help, look, and maybe you can help him.

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