Members of the Belarusian Geographic Society found remains of famous Potemkin’s shipyard (18th century) in the Sozh river, not far from Krichev. The information was provided by Alexei Yarotov, the candidate of geography science, Senior lecture of the department of Physical Geography of the World and Educational Technologies of the Belarusian State University.
“We wanted to check, if there was a shipyard in the Sozh canal, but were lucky to find the Belarusian Atlantis, as far as Potemkin’s shipyard had been a kind of a town. Potemkin had built it in a big way – with a dock, repair shops, drafting room, warehouses and shops. Ships that sailed through the Dnieper to the Mediterranean Sea had been launched from here. Ekaterina the Great used one of ships to sail from Kiev to the Dnieper threshold. One of the sailing vessels – “Desna” - distinguished herself in battles with the Turkey fleet”, Alexei Yarotov told.
Specialists found more than 30 rooms of 3 metres width under the waters of the Sozh. The walls had been made from thick oak logs, and the floor had been paved with stones. There are a lot of elements of different elevating mechanisms (including large gears) in good condition, many details of shipyard engineering, made from oak. The remains of different foundations found at the river bank prove that this is the very famous Potemkin’s shipyard.
This unique object has remained in such a good condition that it can become an underwater museum, and maybe even a mecca for divers, Eduard Kisil, one of the initiators of the expedition assured.
Before long scientists and specialists plan one more expedition to study more thoroughly the artifacts found and compile a passport of this unique underwater site.