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Friday, 15 November 2013
Russian President Lays Wreath at Monument to Sailors of the Varyag and Korietz
Topic: Russo-Japanese War


Russian President Vladimir Putin ended an official visit to the Republic of Korea on Wednesday, November 13, by making a trip to the city of Incheon, where he laid flowers at the monument to the fallen sailors of the cruiser Varyag and the gunboat Korietz, ITAR-TASS reports. The Varyag became a legend in Russia and many other countries during the Russian-Japanese war of 1904, when it took part in the battle of Chemulpo on January 27, 1904, engaging in a heroic and uneven fight with a squadron of fifteen Japanese ships.

The cruiser, which fought a Japanese squadron in Chemulpo, was sunk on February 9, 1904. A year later, the Japanese lifted it and put it back into service as their warship. Russia purchased it back in 1916 and sent it for an overhaul to Britain, where it was arrested after the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. The British eventually sold the Varyag to Germany as scrap metal. In 1917, the cruiser was sent to England for an overhaul. In 1920, it ran into rocks while being towed to the junkyard and sank half a mile off South Scotland. In 1925, it was blown up to ensure the safety of navigation.

The Varyag relics were displayed in a museum in Korea. Several years ago, the Incheon city authorities transferred the Varyag’s flag to Russia. The flag is now displayed at the Naval Museum in St Petersburg.

A monument to the Russian cruiser Varyag was built on Incheon’s embankment in February 2004. It is made of garnet amphibole that is produced only in one place in Russia – Chupa on the Kola Peninsula. Laid in the base of the monument is a wooden cross that had been consecrated by Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia.

In 2011, the monument was moved several dozen metres to become the centrepiece of the embankment named after St. Petersburg. Every year on February 9 the Russian ambassador, the military attache, diplomats and pupils of the Embassy’s school board the Republic of Korea’s corvette to sail from the Navy base in Incheon to Chemuplo Bay where the ship stands still for several minutes to allow the Russian sailors to lower a wreath into the sea to the sound of the military horn in memory of the Varyag and Korietz crews. 
 
© Russkiy Mir. 15 November, 2013
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 9:13 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 15 November 2013 9:20 AM EST
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Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Famous Tsarist Battleship Found off Coast of China
Topic: Russo-Japanese War

 

A Russian battleship that was sunk in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905 has been found off the coast of China near the city of Lyushun (formerly Port Arthur) by a joint Chinese-Russian expedition, Russian consular official Evgeny Tomikhin said on Wednesday.

“In the course of research of the Lyushun area, using Russian archive material, an object was found which is similar in description to the wreck of the Petropavlovsk,” Tomikhin said.

The wreck is around 90 meters long and 13 meters wide and is located just two meters under the seabed. According to experts’ initial assessments, the wreck is almost certainly that of the Russian Pacific Fleet battleship Petropavlovsk, which went down in April 1904, but further tests will have to be made to confirm the ship’s identity, he said.

Petropavlovsk was the flagship of the Pacific Fleet. It sank after hitting a mine in the Sea of Japan, along with 620 sailors, 29 officers and Admiral Stepan Makarov, as well as the artist Vasily Vereshagin.

The research expedition was undertaken by the Russian Pacific Fleet’s Iskra Research Center and the Chinese State Center for Protection of Underwater Cultural Relics and the Chinese Navy. The research work has been financed by Russian state oil company Rosneft, with the support of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The area where the search has been taking place is close to the main base of the Chinese Northern Fleet, requiring the cooperation and permission of the military and state authorities, Tomikhin said. There are no plans to bring up any objects from the wreck site at present, he added.

© RIANovosti. 9 November, 2011



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Saturday, 12 November 2011 9:45 AM EST
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