Barque Sedov’s Oceans

We passed 4 oceans, 14 seas and crossed the equator twice.
Under sail, we conquered the Northern Sea Route and survived several severe storms. We dreamt of the
ocean and our dreams came true thanks the museum’s old friend – the barque SEDOV – the largest
sailing training ship in the world, as well as to the staff of the Museum of the World Ocean who entrusted
us with a 21 st -century naturalist’s mission.

Pavel Matviets and Eugenii Mashkovskii,
research team of the Museum of the World Ocean,
participants of the barque Sedov’s expeditions – ‘Sails of the World’ and ‘Northern Sea Route 2020’.


The Museum of the World Ocean has launched a new exhibition project - ‘The Barque Sedov’s Oceans’. The exhibition is devoted to the 100 th anniversary of the vessel, the largest sailing training ship in the world.

The exhibition is based on items collected during the circumnavigation ‘Sails of the World 2020’ organized in honor of 200 years since the discovery of Antarctica and the 75 th anniversary of the Great Victory. These are biological and geological specimens, artifacts, drawings and photographs that have enlarged the State Museum Holdings.   

Two museum employees, artist Eugenii Mashkovskii and senior research officer Pavel Matviets, made research on board Sedov thus keeping the traditions of Russian research seamanship. The research team managed to compile and bring a collection comprising over 500 pieces including those have been displayed for the first time at the exhibition. The barque’s jubilee let curators to combine several types of exhibits at one space, these are natural science and ethnographic items collected at foreign ports, paintings, photographs and video diaries. A separate section will be devoted to the history of the barque Sedov, its crew and ship’s amazing fortune.

The solemn opening was attended by Vladimir Volkogon (rector of the KSTU), Alexander Gruntov (director of the BFFSA), Viktor Nikolin (captain of the STS Sedov) and Mikhail Eremchenko (captain of the STS Krusenstern). AVTOTOR Company also received gratitude for supporting the museum team during the circumnavigation.

Together with the crews of the sailing ships and trainees on Sedov, the Museum of the World Ocean narrates about the unique barque that glorifies Russia and the Kaliningrad region all over the world as well as about the expedition that has entered into history of navigation. The exhibition ‘The Barque Sedov’s Oceans’ is displayed at the Congress Hall of the main museum building from February 20 to the end of the August, 2021.


Baltic Fishing Fleet State Academy and personally rector V. Volkogon for organizing the expedition and assistance in preparing the exhibition ‘The Barque Sedov’s Oceans’ 

United Shipbuilding Corporation and personally director general A. Rakhmanov for assistance in preparing the exhibition of P. Mikhailov’s drawings ‘A Journey to the South Pole’ on board the STS Sedov 

Avtotor Company and personally Mr. V. Shcherbakov for financial support of the museum research team 

STS Sedov captains E. Romashkin and V. Nikolin, the crew and cadets for supporting the museum research team during the expedition

Embassy of the RF to Uruguay and personally counsellor of the Embassy V. Popovich for organizing meetings with the museum community in Montevideo

Museum staff in Brest (France), Las Palmas (Spain), Montevideo (Uruguay) and Russia (Vladivostok, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Egvekinot and Murmansk) for assistance in identifying and collecting objects of museum significance

Staff of the Polar Branch of the VNIRO in Murmansk and personally Ms T. Pashkova for assistance in compiling natural science collections

Military Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Pacific Fleet and personally director N. Demidov for organizing collection of geological specimens on Kamchatka and the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug

Cameraperson V. Kosyak (Baltic Fishing Fleet State Academy), photographers V. Semidyanov and V. Pritchenko, first mate P. Starostin (STS Sedov) for photographs and videos

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