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Giant River Boats of the Past

Submitted by Quartermain at 2012-07-25 10:51:27 EDT
Rating: 1.0 on 6 ratings (9 reviews) (Review this item) (V)

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/




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Submitted by skrapmetal at 2012-07-26 09:52:58 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Next time you go to buy an 8-ball, tell the guy you want 221.3 μPd (micropoods) instead.

Submitted by MANICMOTHER at 2012-07-26 08:57:16 EDT (#)
Rating: 1

Interesting, but I'll rarely pass up an obscure history lesson.

Submitted by Ducky at 2012-07-26 01:12:00 EDT (#)

Don't get me STARTED with ESL articles. This was genius compared to some of the stuff I've had to sift through.


Submitted by RoadSong at 2012-07-26 01:00:52 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Auto +2 poods and historic images

Submitted by SilvrWolf at 2012-07-25 22:33:20 EDT (#)
Rating: 1


Submitted by grÜeMaster emeritus and uberlord supreme at 2012-07-25 20:36:02 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by Shlongy at 2012-07-25 18:16:34 EDT (#)
Rating: -2

What the holy fuck was this?

Submitted by skrapmetal at 2012-07-25 11:41:04 EDT (#)

Cool pics. ESL articles usually make me cringe or laugh. That one was full-on cringe.

Submitted by FALLEN at 2012-07-25 11:13:13 EDT (#)

TIL river boats were...wait, wrong website.

cool pics

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