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Painting of the original frigate Pallada - that made cruise from St Petersburg to Japan and then Kamchatka. There is a fine model of the frigate in the Naval Museum in St. Petersburg.


The ship was founded in an Okhta shipyard in St. Petersburg on the 2nd of November 1831 and launched on the 1st of September 1832. She was built in accordance with the best samples of that time by a shipwright Colonel V. F. Stoke. The latest improvements in her hull construction and rigging were taken into account. In an interior trim precious types of woods were used – teak and oak. The ship differed by stressed strictness of her lines, refined of her décor and good naval qualities. Frigate's speed exceded 12 knots The length of a ship was 52.8 meters, her width 13.6 meters. Her armament consisted of fifty two 24- and 32-pound guns. The frigate was named in honor of Greecian Goddess of war, victory, as well as of wisdom, knowledge, art and crafts. The first captain of the PALLADA became captain-lieutenant P. S. Nakhimov. On October 1852 the ship under command of captain-lieutenant I. S. Unkovsky went from Kronstadt to voyage round the world. A Vice-Admiral E. V. Putyatin headed an expedition to Far East with a diplomatic mission. A prominent Russian writer I. A. Goncharov was also enlisted as a secretary of the Vice-Admiral. Later on the writer issued a book of this voyage with a title Frigate Pallada On the 17th of January 1856 in apprehension the PALLADA would be captured by an English-French squadron, she was scuttled in the Konstantinovskaya (now Postovaya) Bay of the Imperatorskaya (now Sovetskaya) Harbor. Nowadays a monument of the frigate is erected on the bay’s coast.
We have photos of the Pallada and passengers taken during our cruise.


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