Victor cat: the revival of the brig "mercury" it is our duty to memory
Material posted: Gornova Anna M.Publication date: 05-01-2019
Each person must be a dream. Without a dream life is not obtained. Because dream is like the guiding star of life, which persistently leads to the goal. Here and Victor the cat goes to his dream of the rebirth and preservation of the glorious history of the black sea fleet. Largely thanks to him in Sevastopol has been lost covered the heroism of black sea sailors Patriotic tradition.

Many years collecting the crumbs of historical information about the statutes and regulations, and the service life of the fleet, the artifacts of the past of the brilliant eras of the black sea, raising the shield in memory of the heroes of former battles, he could return from the past to our days. First of all, in conditions of rampant Ukrainian nationalism and desecration of the entire Russian managed to create the Sevastopol naval Assembly, marked the beginning of the revival of Imperial traditions of the Sevastopol naval Assembly.

Under its banner with the motto "Honor. Fleet. Fatherland" began the painstaking work to restore the forgotten traditions and rituals of the black sea fleet. So, revived by the daily midday shot, the annual December 1 Sinop ball concert in honor of the victory of the Russian Navy issued a unique historical monuments: battle of Sinop – the day of military glory of Russia, a series of "Feats of Russian marine officers," "Advice to young officer" and "Code of honor of a Russian officer" from 1904, "Introduction to the history of the Admiralty anchor", running the program for the Patriotic education of the youth with lessons of courage in the classroom-the Museum "Underground school 1941-1942".

For the school's cadets and schoolchildren of the city in his house, reminiscent of the marine world of the elements, he holds lessons in various subjects of seamanship: sea knots, hitting bells, the ceremony of raising the Andreevsky flag, gives lessons piratology and African, history of anchors, and most importantly – opens young hearts unlimited the romance of the sea.

The 70th anniversary of the great Victory of the Soviet people over the German aggressors in 1945 at the request of the Sevastopol naval Assembly, the Zlatoust arms factory made unique Souvenirs. For example, "Set the Russian soldier" knife "Vasily Terkin" with engraved fragment and an illustration of the eponymous poem Tvardovsky, a pouch with trophy tobacco, cartridge-container with tissue paper and the front of the letter with excerpts from the poem of Alexander Trifonovich "Book about a fighter".

The machine "Victory" PPSH-41 there is produced "Golden disc of the Victory" in full size, Nickel-plated, gilded, depicting the order of Victory and the meeting logo, equipped with bag-genuine leather case with shoulder strap.

To participate in the annual events of the meeting Viktor Pavlovich invites celebrities – for example, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, who has taken on the space station "Mir" flag of the Sevastopol naval Assembly, Sinop give a concert honored artist of Russia, soloist of the Mariinsky theatre Vladimir Samsonov, soloist of the theatre Anastasia Kalagina and Irina Matveeva, the famous bard Vladimir Tissen, are dancing and choral collectives of the city and Crimea.

Viktor Pavlovich was and remains a great ascetic in the preservation and promotion of the historical fame of the black sea fleet, a connoisseur of its traditions and rituals.

On a new big project, its historical truth, the spiritual power of the Russian seafarer, the dream and the opportunities to do it – interview with the Chairman of the Sevastopol naval Assembly Victor Cat.

"MVR": Viktor Pavlovich, apparently, you and the Sevastopol Maritime community can be congratulated with the beginning of the realization of a dream – creating a historical copy of brig "mercury". The legendary ship, the commander of the brave, heroic team, an unmatched feat that shocked the world. It's great that two hundred years later, the memory of the heroism of the command of the brig "mercury" is alive and will so deservedly noted.

– Our people – a people-a warrior and a worker, and our history is such that a formidable military valor Russian sailor does not fade for centuries. An unequal battle of a small brig with two enemy battleships, one of which was also the flagship of this series. The idea is to restore the legendary brig came back in 2010. But with the return of Russia in Sevastopol and Crimea, with the revival of the black sea fleet, the situation has changed dramatically – today, the dream becomes a reality.

To understand why you need to restore the vehicle, refer to the story of the heroism of his team. Sevastopol is called the city of naval glory absolutely not just. There was so much battles, and stone not found, which would not have been your hero-defender. But only unprecedented even in the Navy the feat command brig so impressed the Emperor Nicholas I, the residents of the city that in 1839 they erected a monument, the first monument to the sailors of the black sea fleet in Sevastopol. The monument was erected for the courage and talent of the commander and officers, the heroism of sailors, for the loyalty of the team to the oath and the willingness to fight to the end for what is alive in impossible conditions.

Ivan Aivazovsky "Brig mercury attacked by two Turkish ships on may 14 1829"


Special be that in the history of the naval battles of the fleets of other great Maritime powers, nothing like to find. Out of respect for the heroism of sailors Nicholas I even special decree ordered that the composition of the Russian fleet at all times, replacing one another, was a ship with the name on Board – "mercury".

In the Empire feat brig (retired from the Navy in 1857) was immortalized in the names of the three ships of the black sea fleet, which bore alternately the names of the "Memory of mercury": the Corvette in 1865, two battle cruisers in 1883, and 1907, I Think it would be fair and in the modern black sea fleet to maintain this tradition. An amazing example of courage and selfless devotion to the Fatherland was embodied in "memory of descendants" painters I. Aivazovsky, N. Krasovskii, F. Tolstoy, the architect A. Briullov and a number of famous writers. Wonderful book about this feat wrote G. Cherkashin and V. Shigin. Know that the anniversary of this battle discussed the idea to create a feature film. Fully support it, and we, in turn, must do everything to recreate the brig in its full size. Especially designed and it was built in Sevastopol.

"MVR": How does the process work organization where we started? What is a brig? A copy of the ship to be modern innovations or not, what would be its purpose, whether it is to go to sea and how far?

In Sevastopol created a working group "Return of the mercury when the government and the Public chamber of the city to organize the construction of a full-sized copies of the brig "mercury" headed by yours truly. Held a working group meeting with Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov, the Governor of Sevastopol Dmitry Ovsyannikov, the leaders of city of shipyards and sea ports. Discussed wide range of issues, including the choice of location for placement of the shipyard. The idea is to brig to build and subsequently to maintain, on the basis of the shipyard to develop the city's lost wooden shipbuilding.

In the working group meeting was attended by General Director of "Historic shipyard "Poltava" A. Groshikov, who shared invaluable historical experience in shipbuilding. They have, in Saint-Petersburg and saw for myself, this year launched the building being completion of the full copy of the legendary battleship "Poltava".

Today the project is supported by the Maritime Collegium under the Government of RF, Ministry of defense, Ministry of culture, Government of Sevastopol, the Russian military-historical society, the Union of cinematographers, the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate and other organizations.

In 1820, immediately after the construction of the brig, the drawings were transferred from Sevastopol to the archives of the Admiralty in St. Petersburg. To the 200th anniversary of the laying of "mercury" in January next year will organize installation of the memorial of the inset plaque.

Now, actually, about the ship. Brig is a small ship: length 29.6 m, length 9.5 m, a displacement of 456 tons of sludge 4,73 m, sail area 856 sq meters, armament: 24-pound karondi – 18 PCs. and 3-pounder gun – 2 PCs. In my opinion, to build the brig should be adopted and in physical size according to the preserved drawings. The main material is wood, but with modern technology built in. For the intended purpose the construction of a class as a sailing ship, equipped with a mechanical engine.

While everything above deck, including the deck of artillery and all the guns, is a complete historical copy of what they will be applicable, for example, to salute in parades and other holidays. The masts are wooden. Housing – composite (keel section – volume, metal, siding – wood, laminated).

Since the objective of construction is not a meticulous re-creation of the technologies and designs of the last century, it is possible to equip weapons hidden sailing mechanization. The crew for going 26 people permanent teams and no more than 40 students. Of course, when all external historicity internally it will be a modern, reliable ship with the purpose to serve the fleet. For example, Plateliai practices of cadets of Maritime higher education institutions to young seafarers to go to sea under sail on the historic brig and feel what it's like in the sun and in storm, to stand at the helm, to set and trim the sails, or two rowing oars, because the sailboat had a rowing equipment. By the way, four pairs of oars along the sides allowed the team to maneuver faster than the enemy managed to move the sails (rowed 5 minutes, rearrange the sails – 30 minutes).

Brig is great for showing the flag of Russia at different points of the World ocean including the Black sea. In addition, the parades, the mercury will carry the St. George's ensign (today the black sea fleet ships have no such right not one). To circumnavigate the world along the great geographical discoveries of Russian navigators, to participate in the festivities associated with the naval history of Russia and the filming of historical films.

The ship will be based on class RMRS and have autonomy on reserves not less than 60 days, navigation area seaworthiness is unlimited. Average speed of 10-12 knots. At the stern you'll find a place to host the Museum of the memory of the heroism of the crew and the commander of the brig. Possible excursions by ship, because in itself it is a valid historical model. One thing is clear – from deck to mast-it should look like the original. Well, imagine how a brand new "mercury" under the flag of St. Andrew will be released from Sevastopol, the black sea will be held at the places of his military glory, and, bypassing the Turkish coast, under full sail rush in the gold of the rising sun on the waves of the Mediterranean sea.

"MVR": Yes, the picture is beautiful. How long does it take to build such a ship, and what can be the cost of the project from keel to mast?

– First of all, we need finally to determine the shipyard where to build. Our group has proposed that the sites of the SMZ in areas of Inkerman, Balaklava, etc. Then pick up the designers to prepare technical and conceptual design etc professionals historical shipyard "Poltava" helped and have given us preliminary proposals for the reconstruction of the brig. On their basis it is possible to estimate the estimate, and then to organize a fundraiser. I'm sure support will business, and people. In Russia we have a rare family, where there would be a sailor, so the people will support. And so the world, as often happened in Russia, and perform your duty. So far, we can say that design will take up to 300 days, and for the construction of up to 500 days. The preliminary cost of the project, that is, "turnkey" – 450-500 million rubles

Again, the brig is a small ship, so I think in 2020're on the water body and will begin the completion afloat. Should be prepared in parallel to the power plant, the rigging, the mast. Sail planned in three variants: basic, marching, and the parade will scarlet. In the circle, I think if funding all goes in the plus, in three years will do it. But it is the 200th anniversary of the feat of the team in 2029 I am sure that "mercury" will be in the ranks under the Grand sails.

Another important question, who will take the brig itself on balance? Maybe the black sea fleet, may be, Sevastopol and Republic of Crimea or do any business structure – decide. It means to bear the considerable cost of the upkeep of the ship in all respects. But most importantly, will our brig, Sevastopol, and the ship-Manager.

"MVR": Thank you, the editorial Board wishes all the participants of this project, success in achieving this goal and we are ready to regularly cover the course of construction. Victor Pavlovich, and now we will remind our readers of the details of this unique battle of a small ship Turkish squadron.

– It was a feat that truly shook the world. So, Lieutenant commander A. I. Kazarsky was the commander of a warship, when he was 28 years old. Has had 11 years service at sea. However, for the time he was a young commander that spoke of his extraordinary leadership qualities and fair to him against the chief commander of the black sea fleet Vice-Admiral A. S. Greig.

The two-masted brig "mercury" was built in 1820 in Sevastopol according to the drawings famous shipwright Ivan Yakovlevich Osminina. Armed with 18 dvadtsatichetyrehletnem of karond with a short barrel, intended for drawing the enemy heavy blows at close range. Two more guns were additionally installed at the bow and at the stern.

In April 1828 Admiral A. S. Greig sent kasarskiy to the Constantinople Strait, as stated in the documents, "for a review of the Turkish fleet". Ten days the mercury cruised the Turkish coast. Sometimes Kazarsky was in the zone of fire of the Turkish batteries, causing them to fire, and coolly noted the distance of the guns. One of the team members, Selivestr Dmitriev, testified that the fearlessness with which Kazarsky maneuvered under enemy fire earned him great respect. The authority of the new commander of the team was strengthened with each passing day.

Krakerstva the Bosphorus under the very nose of the Turkish fleet was serious business. Almost every day Russian intelligence officers had all sail to get away from the enemy, who rushed after the whole squadron.

The first success fell to the lot of mercury at the beginning of may, 1829, when Greek patriots managed to learn that Penderecki (city and port on the southern coast of the Black sea, the modern name of money back) is completed by linear Turkish ships. A detachment of Russian ships under full sail rushed to the Turks and sank 18 ships of the enemy. A. S. Greig has decided to strengthen the intelligence of the Bosphorus. Now the mercury went not alone, but together with the 44-gun frigate "Standart" and brig "Orpheus". A team leader was appointed commander of the frigate Paul Y. Sakhnovskiy.

May 11 (old style), 1829, on the Bosphorus squad of three scout ships clashed with the Turkish fleet of 13 warships. Sakhnivs decided to go in different courses and to go alone, so at least one could walk to the main forces of rumelian shores and to announce the coming of the enemy. More fast "Standart" and "Orfey" soon disappeared over the horizon. The mercury leaving on the Nord-Nord-vest, began to overtake two battleships: the 110-gun "Selimiye" under the flag of kapudan-Pashi and 74 cannon - "real-bei". (The ratio of guns – 184 guns against 18 (20).

Kazarsky gathered officers ' Council. At the suggestion of Lieutenant of the corps of naval navigators Ivan Petrovich Prokofiev decided to fight. The last surviving officer with a pistol shot in cruit camera had to blow up the brig. Sailor Savelyev received from Kazarsky ordered to shoot anyone who tries in a sign of surrender to lower the flag. About the upcoming fight Kazarsky reasoned like this: "mercury" even in the beginning of the battle will be very disadvantage. He may oppose the powerful bow guns of the batteries of the Turks? Two small cannon, which will focus on the poop? So, we need to maneuver, to maneuver all the time that could be more powerful karondi sides. Accurate fire at the most vulnerable places of enemy ships and a quick right maneuver should resolve the matter.

Soon the Turkish battleships came within range and opened fire with marble cores. However, the tactic of a brave and skillful Kazarsky was so unusual and unexpected that the Turks could not shoot. When the Turks finally took the desired position and mercury have been caught in the crossfire, Alexander passed under the stem of the "Selimiye" and escaped our clutches. The Turks in gun smoke continued to shoot each other.

Soon the gunner "mercury" Lysenko brought down the main mast, "Selimiye", forcing him to heave to. The sailor's chest shielded his commander from the deadly bullets. Coming up on a pistol shot to the "real-Bey", the gunners brig killed him for-Mars-Rey (second from the deck transverse beam forward of the mast). As all the sails of the foremast crashed to the deck, to pursue "real-Bay" could not.

It happened four hours after the start of the battle. Never in the course of the battle the Turkish battleships did not dare to come close to the Russian brig, and had her reasons. When may 18, 1788, the ship of captain of the 2nd grade Johann Reinhold Saken caught eleven fleet of Turkish ships at the mouth of the bug, he decided to blow up his ship rather than surrender to the enemy. Together with the Russian ship was blown up and four Turkish.

Before that, the same feat made commander of the bot don flotilla captain Defremery. Since then, the Turks began to avoid the boarding battles with Russian ships. Injuries deprived the Turks of the ability to continue the pursuit, and the fight stopped. Leaving the ships "Standart" and "Orfey" stasou gunfire was seen as the death of "mercury" and lowered in a sign of mourning for him their flags.

The match was the team of the Russian frigate "Raphael", for three days without a fight, pulled a flag and were captured on the Turkish flagship. A Turkish officer with the flagship wrote: "If in the great deeds of ancient and our times there are the feats of courage, that this act shall darken all therein, and the name of this hero should be inscribed in Golden letters on the temple of fame. He is called captain-Lieutenant Kazarsky and brig "mercury".

Of the 114 crew members of "mercury" killed 4 and wounded 6 men. A. I. Kazarsky received a contusion in the left side of the head. The case of the brig received 22 holes, 16 damage in the mast, 133 – 148 sails and in the rigging. Close up of the damage and pump out the water, the ship went in connection with the main forces of the fleet.

The commander of the black sea fleet, Vice Admiral A. S. Greig, admiring the courage of the A. I. Kazarsky, in the report wrote: "...the bravery and fortitude of the commander of the vessel and of all ranks thereof, doomed himself to death to save the honor of the flag they carry, exceeds all ordinary measure of rewards, which I can assign to these people."

The crew of the "mercury" was generously rewarded. A. I. I. I. Kazarsky and Prokofiev was awarded by George IV degree, the other officers of the order of Vladimir of IV degree with a bow, all the men of distinction of the Military order. Officers fired in the next rank, and Kazarsky received the title of adjutant of the Emperor. All officers and sailors were assigned a life pension equal to double the salary. The noble emblems of the officers of the Department of heraldry of the Senate made the picture of the Tula gun that lay on the spire of the brig and were to play a crucial role in the destruction of the ship. "Mercury" was awarded the George flag and pennant.


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