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In Full Sail


Museum of the World Ocean continues working on Sea Practice project within the framework of the federal-targeted programme. Every year during the summer holidays the museum organizes a river trip on yawls for cadets and students of nautical schools. Students of Kaliningrad Sea Fishery College and inmates of a children's home took part in the trip last year. Kids prepared a booklet after their journey that can be a perfect present for those who would like to sail along the rivers in oblast and get to know the Amber Land better.
A new trip is planned on July 7. It is devoted to memory of Russian warriors fallen during World War I. Twenty cadets from Pionersky and seven students from St. Andrew military school are going to dress like true seadogs. Young sailors will learn the basics of seamanship. They will experience a lot of interesting discoveries and meetings on their 100-kilometer river and sea route.
Kids have been preparing to their first big adventure for a long time. It took almost a year to restore a yawl-6 that they are going to sail. Every Friday whether it was raining or snowing kids used to come to restoration workshop at the Friedrichsburg Gate and clean, paint and sandpaper their small boat with a big history. The thing is that Russian mariners sailed such yawls during WWI. It is a very symbolic event when young generation will sail the copies of these boats in the memory of Russian soldiers after a century the war had started and taken 22 million lives. Perhaps that is why the cadets took their task so seriously.
They have done their job perfectly and got a prize for that. Boys are going to spend almost a week without their parents and warm cosy flats. But it is worth doing. They are going to sail and row along the rivers and the sea. They are going to stop in Gvargeysk, Polessk and Zelenogradsk. Pionersky is the arrival point where kids are going to celebrate Fisherman’s Day on July 12. The day before they will meet veterans from SPETSNAZ-RUS Association.
We are sure that the trip will bring a lot of new impressions to the participants. Kids will get to know their national history better, learn about deeds of Russian warriors during WWI and WWII and see once again that their country’s fortune and history depend on them.


The Sunk Submarine Is not to Be Lifted



More than two years ago Museum of the World Ocean initiated the work on archives that could assist in finding the Soviet S-4 submarine sunk near Taran Cape in 1945.  Research officers from the museum and P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology (AtlantNIRO) together have managed to identify approximate coordinates of the wreck. The joint work of the Baltic Fleet and North-West branch of GOSAKVASPAS for Kaliningrad oblast has resulted in localization of the submarine. At the present moment the specialists are 90% sure that it is the S-4 submarine. The submarine is at 70-meter depth; it is the only sunk war ship of WWII that is located in the Baltic Sea waters of Kaliningrad region.

January 1, 1945 was the last day the S-4 made a contact. That very day the commander reported on torpedoing and sinking an enemy ship during patrol.  There are data that on January 7 and 18 indistinct radio signals presumably by the S-4 were received by the Irtysh mothership in Helsinki. After it the connection with the submarine was lost. The reason of the loss of the submarine and 48 crew members is to be investigated. However, there are some presumable versions. In accordance to the one of them  the S-4 was attacked by a German torpedo boat with a D-bomb on January 4, 1945, to the other – on January 6, 1945 the boat was rammed by the T-33 torpedo boat from the second group of ships covering the Wehrmacht seaboard defence flank.

Nevertheless, full and detailed identification of the S-4 submarine is the priority task.

Svetlana Sivkova, Director General of the museum, noted that it is not planned to lift the submarine. In accordance with the tradition wrecks and their crew are considered a common grave. The museum is going to study the wrecks, install a memorable plate aboard the submarine and look for crew members’ relatives in the nearest future. Family and friends will be invited to Kaliningrad and visit the heroic place if their fathers and grandfathers.


Parade of Sails in Museum of the World cean


On June 8, Museum of the World Ocean and its guests celebrated the World Ocean Day together. This day small museum sailing boats took part in the action named 'A White Sail - a Clean Ocean' that was held in the waters of Historical Fleet Embankment. On June 14 and 15 yachtsmen from Kaliningrad oblast joined the action, their Ost-West yacht-club celebrates its 20th anniversary this June.

After the race for Ost-West Cup in the Kaliningrad Lagoon over 20 sailing beauties were moored at the new Marina quay located on the submarine’s ex-moorage. The double-deck bridge was lifted to let the boats go through in the night time on June 14-15. Citizens who were there by chance watched the sailing boats sliding on water and going under the rail bridge.

Next day visitors could enjoy a true parade of sails in the day time starting from 11:30. Polish yachtsmen took part in the action as well. They sailed along the Pregol river and supported the action 'A White Sail - a Clean Ocean' and one more time showed that love to the sea and to the ocean unites us and everyone is ready to contribute to their preservation.

Let’s save the Ocean together!


Minister of Culture Visits Museum of the World Ocean


On May 30, 2014 (Friday) Mr. Vladimir Medinsky, Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, visited Museum of the World Ocean with the delegation of representatives of Russian Community of Military History Russian Government Organization within the official visit to Kaliningrad. Svetlana Sivkova, Director General of the museum, presented a new Naval Centre that consists of open-air naval technical exposition, the B-413 submarine and the Water Cube pavilion. The Centre opens in June, 2014.


Friedrichsburg Spring open-air concert

On May 25, 2014 Arkady Feldman and his orchestra gave an open-air concert at the Friedrichsburg Gate.  


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