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Russian submarine explorers search for sunken ships flotilla in Dagestan

27 September 2016 21:50 Posted in:  SOCIETY Source :  RIA Dagestan
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Makhachkala, September 27, 2016. The Russian submarine explorers have started to search for the sunken ships flotilla of Peter the Great in Dagestan, the press service of the Russian Geographical Society department in Tatarstan informs.

Last weekend, the members of the underwater research unit of the Russian Geographical Society named after cosmonaut Alexei Leonov together with the members of the regional branch of the Russian Geographical Society in the Republic of Tatarstan, arrived in Derbent. A standalone camp was installed on the shores of the Caspian Sea. The explorers started to research at depths of 40 meters. An echo-sounding apparatus using provides a ships searching.

In 1718, Peter the Great issued the Imperial Edict on the establishment of the Admiralty in Kazan. Before the Persian Campaign in 1722, Kazan became the center of the organization and preparations for a military campaign.

By order of Peter the Great and his direct participation in the Kazan Admiralty, about 200 transport vehicles (including 3 snows, 2 sailing freighters, a sailing brig, a boat, 7 evers, 12 galiots, a chip axe, 34 cargo ships) were built and staffed by six thousand sailors. During the Persian Campaign, a part of the ships sank went down in the Caspian Sea near Derbent. The Persian campaign was the last military campaign, where Peter the Great directly participated.

In 1990, the members of the joint Russian-American expedition have been discovered a sunken ship beginning of the XVIII century in the Caspian Sea around the island Kulaly, most probably belonged to the expedition of Duke A. Bekovich-Cherkassy in 1716-1717 period.

The research of this historical site with the participation and support of the Institute of Water Problems, the Institute of Archaeology, the staff of the underwater research center under the guidance of Alexander and Igor Okorokova Divakova had been continued. Some fragments of the bottom of the vessel were recorded - the keel, keelson, frames with fragments of the side shell, attachment elements.





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