August 21, 2021 – The hydrographic vessel “Romuald Muklevich” made the transition from the Kara moraines to the area of the port of Dikson. During the passage of the Kara Sea, hydrographs of the Northern Fleet carried out route measurements of little-studied sea areas.
It is planned that in the Dikson port area, as part of the next stage of the complex expedition of the Northern Fleet and the Russian Geographical Society “Remember the War”, the research group “Romuald Muklevich” will continue work on the icebreaking steamer “Vaigach” discovered in 2020.
Earlier, “Romuald Muklevich” carried out a number of oceanographic studies in the Barents Sea, as well as in the Novaya Zemlya area in the Belushya Bay and in the Yugorsky Shar Strait. A German wartime bottom mine was found in Belushya Bay.
The research group confirmed the coordinates of the previously discovered by the search and rescue forces of the large hunter “BO-224” and the submarine D-3 “Krasnogravdeets”, the German submarines U-307 and U-387.
The complex expedition of the Northern Fleet and the Russian Geographical Society last year identified one of the objects that sank in the Kara Sea as the icebreaker Vaigach.
In 2020, inspections of the sunken object by specialists from the Northern Fleet were carried out in two stages. At the first stage, using the side-scan sonar “C-MAX” and the magnetometer “MINIMAG-M”, the primary search was carried out by the method of examining a given water area for the presence of an object. At the second stage, a remote-controlled unmanned underwater vehicle “Marlin – 350” was used for additional examination of the object.
By indirect indications, the stone sunk near Cape Efremov can be classified as the icebreaker Vaigach, which stumbled upon an underwater reef in September 1918 during the passage from Arkhangelsk to the mouth of the Yenisei River.