October 26, 2018 (Google Translation) -The Russian armored tower boat (monitor) “Sagittarius”, launched in 1864, should be turned into a floating museum and housed in that capacity in Kronstadt. This was announced during the working visit to St. Petersburg by the Deputy Minister of Defense of Russia – the Chief of the Main Military Political Directorate of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Colonel-General Andrei Kartapolov.
“Today we discussed this topic with the commander-in-chief of the Navy. There is a unique ship in Kronstadt called the Sagittarius, which is older than the Aurora, and we want to make a ship museum out of it, ”said the deputy head of the military department.
The Sagittarius was transferred to the Navy in 1865 and was part of the Practical Squadron of armored ships of the Baltic Fleet. In 1900, the obsolete ship was handed over for disarmament and use as a floating coal warehouse. However, in early 1901, the Strelets was converted into a floating workshop of the Kronstadt military port. During the First World War, it was used to repair ships and ships of the Baltic Fleet.
“We want all the stages of the life of this ship to be represented in this museum: combat, repair, and history of the ship repair in the navy in general. Today we have discussed the process, the stages of this work, and in the near future practical work will begin. We will strive to meet the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War, ”said Colonel-General Andrei Kartapolov.