The results of the sailing expedition across the Arctic seas and northern rivers, as well as the project recreating "the most ancient Russian icebreaker" – the Pomor koch – will be discussed by experts on March 31 at the Moscow Headquarters of the Russian Geographical Society.
The organizers of the sailing expedition will talk about the voyage dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Victory that took place from August to October 2020. Two sailing vessels – yachts "Pearl" and "Siberia" – sailed along the Arctic coast of Arkhangelsk Oblast, Nenets and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug with the honorary mission of laying wreaths at the shipwreck sites of the Great Patriotic War time.
The route of the expedition united historical and industrial centers: the cities of Arkhangelsk, Naryan-Mar, the village of Kharasavey, Bely Island, the cities of Salekhard, Khanty-Mansiysk, Tobolsk and Omsk.
The expedition was organized by the Russian Center for the Development of the Arctic (Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug) and the Association "Shipbuilding Cluster of Arkhangelsk Oblast" with the support of the Russian Geographical Society and the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and the Arctic.
A detailed report on the recreation of the Pomor koch – a sailing vessel of the 17th century, specially designed for sailing in the waters of the Arctic Ocean – will also be given during the round-table meeting. Pomor passages were created throughout the entire territory of the Western Arctic on such ships; and famous Russian travelers Afanasy Nikitin, Semyon Dezhnev and Fedot Popov traveled across the seas on them.
It is believed that a Pomor koch is the only original Russian ship of the pre-Petrine era in the world. Enthusiasts from the "Shipbuilding cluster of Arkhangelsk Oblast", using the materials of the Russian State Archive of the Navy and their own research, decided to build a Pomor koch, but with the use of modern technology.
The keel laying took part on June 21, 2019.
In October 2020, an agreement was signed by the Russian Geographical Society to support the project.
The project is of tremendous importance both for the popularization of knowledge of the history and culture of the Russian North, and for the development of modern Arctic tourism, which is gaining popularity today. The experience of recreating an ancient ship was the impetus for the creation of the Arctic school of traditional wooden shipbuilding. It began its work last fall in Arkhangelsk with the support of the Presidential Grants Fund.
In addition to the organizers of the sailing expedition and the construction project for the Pomor koch, the round-table meeting will be attended by the representatives of the Russian Geographical Society, the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and the Arctic, the Corporation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, the Russian Center for the Development of the Arctic, the government of Arkhangelsk Oblast and the project partner “Gazprombank” JSC.