Lighthouse in Zalivino becomes new object of Museum of the World Ocean

Ms Svetlana Sivkova, director general of the MWO, said on July 5 in her speech addressed to participants of the boat trip devoted to the 30th anniversary of the museum and the 75 th anniversary of the Great Victory. The lighthouse was passed to the Museum of the World Ocean by the decision of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

Now enormous restoration works on revival of this historic object are ahead of us. Right now one can see a sign at the entry to the lighthouse territory: “The object is a federal property and belongs to the Museum of the World Ocean”!

The museum staff has cleaned the territory and developed step-by-step plans on restoration of this object, unique both for the region and Russia.

Taiwanese found a letter in the bottle sent by the employee of the Museum of the World Ocean 25 years ago


Perhaps, the Museum of the World Ocean has not experienced such a jubilee before. This is not about the pandemia which divided the museum’s life into “before” and “after”. This is about our friends, partners and just wonderful events happened in the first half of the rough year. In this period, our collection was enlarged with new art, numismatics, decorations and marine library donated to the museum. One more time it has been proven how important friends are as well as their support. Probably, the museum got its greatest surprise from far-away Taiwan. That’s where the letter was received telling a bottle with two messages from the Museum of the World Ocean was found near Orchid Island in August last year.

Incredible but true, the bottle thrown by the former chief curator Irina Boikina (present research officer of the museum) has floated for 25 years. Boikina took part in the circumnavigation on board the barque Krusenstern in 1995-1996. She organized a campaign “A letter in a bottle” during the expedition and threw bottles with messages letting them float and drift in the seas and oceans. The total number of bottles was 175, 12 of them were found in the next several years right after the expedition. The first bottle was discovered near Cabo Verde when Irina was still at the expedition. The last bottle but now not least anymore was spotted on the shore of Matagorda Island in theTexas Gulf – bottle 154 thrown in July 1996 had travelled in the ocean for two years.

In 1995 to 1998, the museum messages were found in different corners of the world: from Brazil to Australia, from South Africa to the Netherlands. The most intriguing story is about bottle 172. It started travelling in Portugal on the day of the 300th anniversary of the Russian Navy. It successfully passed the Bay of Biscay and Gibraltar. The current washed it to the coastline of Tunis. Not very far, but probably there would not have been such a reaction to this event, if not the city in Tunisia where the bottle arrived. This is Bizerte. This city in North Africa is related to the hardest moment in fate of the Navy. And museum workers considered it symbolic that the message sent on Russian Navy Day finished its journey in the city where in 1920-1924 a tactical unit of the Imperial naval auxiliary vessels was formed as well as mobilized steamers that evacuated from Crimea military personnel (the Imperial Russian Army of Commander-in-Chief Pyotr Wrangel) and civilians who refused the Bolshevism.

And now, after 25 years, the museum got a reply to the message sent from Krusenstern. And it is mysticism again. The letter from Mr Jia-Cing Huang was received on the museum’s 30th anniversary. He found the bottle during a sloop race, by the way. But the most important, this year Krusenstern has finished its regular circumnavigation while the museum employees are sailing round the world on another tall ship Sedov. By the way, the intriguing find was lucky – Jia-Cing Huang’s team won the race. He emailed the museum and attached a video and photographs of the message inside an umcommon glass envelope.

Now the museum staff are to investigate where the bottle has been, identify its number and throwing location. Let’s keep the fingers crossed to get the answer as soon as possible.

Cousteau’s red hat and a flash mob at the Museum of the World Ocean


A closed museum and absence of visitors are not a reason to forget the important date. This year the genius French, the aqualung inventor and just a unique person, Jacques-Yves Cousteau would have turned 110 years old. Of course, we could not but celebrate this event, moreover, the R/V Vityaz connected Cousteauand the Museum of the World Ocean and hence Kaliningrad as well. The famous scientist visited the research vessel in 1967 and left his wishes and autograph in the book for guests of honor. The lines are displayed at the exhibition on board the vessel. Moreover, the museum keeps a booklet with Cousteau’s autograph taken by the museum employee Ludmila Gimbitskaya in 1994 and a diving mask with Cousteau’s autograph that belonged to Gleb Udintsev, famous Soviet oceanographer. He was lucky to meet the French researcher at the oceanographic congress in Mombasa (Kenya).

There are a lot of occasions to remember the famous explorer, so the museum staff decided to celebrate his birthday by organizing a funny flash mob. Here are the museum employees wearing red hats and standing by the wax figure of the famous oceanographer. This is the woolen knitted hat we see on Cousteau in all his documentaries about his submersions. It was his favourite headgear. He used to put it on right after he finished diving and appeared on the surface. Finally, the red hat became an integral part of both his wardrobe and image.

By the way, the hats were knitted by our museum administrator Tatiana Stefunyak just in one night thus providing her colleagues with necessary stuff and social media users with gifts. Everyone could surf in the museum instagram, facebook and vkontakte, have a quiz about Jacques-Yves Cousteau and win a red hat.

Short reference:
With no special education and academic degree, Cousteau became the first explorer of the World Ocean. His expeditions were to remind people about the beauty and riches of our vulnerable planet. He made an enormous scientific work and wanted to attract public attention to unique underwater world and its salvation.

In 1943, in order to explore the marine environment Cousteau and engineer Émile Gagnan upgraded diving gear. It was named “an underwater lung” or aqualung. Jacques-Yves also developed a small underwater vehicle Denise, known as “diving saucers”. 

Sails of the World

The Museum of the World Ocean invites you to watch the World Ocean from the barque Sedov via its new virtual project “Sails of the World 2020”.

Twenty photographs unfold a beautiful and fascinating story about the greatest circumnavigation of tall ships in the modern history.

The tall ship has already passed Spain, Uruguay, RSA and Mauritius, so now we can see the most striking moments of its expedition.

Cancellation ceremony of the postage stamp

ScanIn April, the Museum of the World Ocean and the Mail of Russia planned to solemnly cancel the jubilee postage stamp “265 years since Admiral F. Ushakov’s birthday (1745−1817)”.

But the epidemiological situation changed the plans and the ceremony was postponed.

It was held on June 3 at the exhibition Depth attended by honorable guests. Kaliningrad became one of a few cities in Russia where the ceremony was held.

The jubilee postage stamp features the portrait of Admiral F. Ushakov, the St. Andrew’s Flag, the battleship St. Paul, a map of Corfu and nearby territories. The stamp is made of chalk overlay paper with perforation 12:12½. The size is 37х50 mm and par value is 50 roubles. The number of printed copies is 180,000, including 3,600 pieces that will be provided to post offices in Kaliningrad Oblast. 

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