Giant River Boats of the PastSubmitted by Quartermain at 2012-07-25 10:51:27 EDT
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Found an interesting article on Volga River Boats.
"Few probably know that some hundred years ago on the Volga river were sailing the ships whose displacement was bigger than cruiser “Aurora’s” one. It’s hard to believe but they were built from .. wood! “Belyanas”, as they were called, became a part of the Russian ship-building history as the most unique river ships in the world. They were rather large compared to other river ships. Some of them reached 100 m in length, the height of the sides – 6 meters! Their lifting capacity was quite enormous too – 100-150 thousand poods (one pood = 16kg).
They were as big as ocean vessels though they were sailing only on the Volga and never sailed further than Astrakhan. For construction of one belyana they spent 240 pine logs and 200 fir logs. The bottom was made of fir, the sides – from pine. The distance between the frames didn’t exceed 0,5 m so belyanas were really solid. Initially the ships were built without a single nail, but subsequently they started to apply nails."
Full article and more pictures here: http://englishrussia.com/2012/07/11/unique-river-ships-of-the-past/