Northern Fleet Icebreaker Ilya Muromets Discovered Important Artifacts in Simsa Bay

September 10, 2020 (Google Translation) – The second detachment of the complex expedition of the Northern Fleet and the Russian Geographical Society to the Arctic, operating on the Ilya Muromets icebreaker in the Laptev Sea, discovered important historical artifacts in Simsa Bay.

At the headland of the southern coast of the bay, researchers found seven 17th century coins and a turquoise bead. According to historians who are part of the expeditionary group, these finds are direct evidence of the early development of the Northern Sea Route by the Pomors.

It is known that prior to the complex expedition of the Northern Fleet on the Thaddeus Islands and on the coast of the Sims Bay in the Laptev Sea, the last research was carried out by a special archaeological expedition only in the 40s of the last century. Then, in this region of the Arctic, historical finds related to the 17th century were also discovered.

Colonel Sergei Churkin, scientific director of the Northern Fleet’s Complex Expedition to the Arctic, noted that “based on the results of processing the materials collected by the expeditionary team, the question of organizing and planning a separate archaeological expedition to this area will be raised.”

The expeditionary detachment of the Northern Fleet and the Russian Geographical Society, operating on the Ilya Muromets icebreaker in the area of ​​the Taimyr Peninsula, has already found traces of Vladimir Rusanov’s expedition, clarified the coordinates of artillery batteries on the coast of the Kara Sea, during underwater research – determined the location of the remains of several ships that died in the Kara sea ​​in the twentieth century. Presumably one of them could be the icebreaking steamer Vaigach.

In the near future, the Ilya Muromets icebreaker will continue to explore the Arctic while sailing along the Northern Sea Route to the east as part of the Arctic group of the Northern Fleet.

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