The construction of a karbass for the RGS expedition "Secrets of Mangazeya – 2021" was finished in Arkhangelsk at the “Pomorye Shipbuilding Association” shipyard. The vessel was blessed and received the name "Archangel". In June 2021, the trip "From Mangazeya to New Mangazeya" will take place on this karbass.
"Archangel", in full accordance with the traditions of river navigation of the 17th century, will travel without an engine using sails (two masts). However, their use will be possible only on large rivers – the Taz, the Turukhan, the Yenisei. The rest of the journey, including upstream, the travelers will be pulling the vessel with a towline, and, where possible, using oars and poles. In addition, the members of the expedition will be overcoming the most difficult section – the Yenisei (Mangazeya) portage – located at the source of the Pokalka River near Lake Perevalnoye. They will literally carry the karbass "Archangel" it in their arms through the heavy-going area.
In one month, the modern travelers are planning to cover more than 500 kilometers from the village Krasnoselkup, which is located in close proximity to the excavation site of the Mangazeya settlement, to Novaya Mangazeya (the village Staroturukhansk of Krasnoyarsk Territory).
Among the members of the expedition are six full members of the Russian Geographical Society, two Candidates of Historical Sciences, a cameraman, director, and photographer (a multiple winner of Russian and international competitions).
The educational project "Secrets of Mangazeya" has been implemented by “Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg” since 2018. During this time, with the general sponsorship of the company, two expeditions were organized by the regional branch of the Russian Geographical Society in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.
The third expedition will also be supported by “Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg”. In addition, “Achimgaz” JSC, the Project Office for the Development of the Arctic, “Mangazeya” Oil Company, “SportServiceKomplekt” LLC, “Historical Justice” Foundation, “Yamal-Photo” LLC, and others are providing assistance to the reconstruction participants.
Among the main tasks of the expedition which the participants set themselves are to test themselves; to feel how difficult it will be for modern travelers what seemed commonplace for our ancestors, who made great geographical discoveries, including those who added Siberia to the maps of Russia; in addition, it is necessary to tell everyone about the beauty and uniqueness of the nature of the North; to reveal the forgotten pages of the history of the Russian Arctic; to popularize the most interesting geographical, natural and tourist sites of Yamal and Krasnoyarsk Territory.