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    Re: Wisconsin Maritime Museum
    From: Ark Shvetsky
    Date: 2009 Nov 8, 22:02 -0800

    Frank, your notes reminded me my visit to Russian Main Navy Museum in 
    Leningrad (St. Petersburg).  The only word for descriprion I can use is 
    "fantastic".  Below is general description of it.  If you will have a chance 
    to visit it-I'm sure you will enjoy it also.  Or if you already visit 
    it-well, I think you'll agree that it is really something.
    Russia's main naval museum tells the fascinating story of the development, 
    growth and achievements of the Russian navy. With a collection of over 800 
    thousand exhibits, the museum displays some fascinating naval memorabilia, 
    armaments, authentic maritime equipment, quality models of historically 
    significant vessels and numerous paintings by marine artists. 
    The pride of the museum has to be the boat of Peter the Great, known as the 
    "Grandfather of the Russian Navy". It was on this very boat that Peter 
    learned to sail as a teenager and acquired his fascination for the sea, sea 
    faring and shipbuilding. This fascination later prompted Peter the Great to 
    found the Russian navy. If you are interested in military and naval 
    memorabilia, this is THE place to go!
    The museum is located on the eastern tip of Vasilyevsky Island, in the 
    impressive white, pillared building of the former Stock Exchange. The 
    building, inspired by the best examples of ancient Greek and Roman 
    architecture, was constructed by the architect Thomas de Tomon between 1805 
    and 1810. Back in the late 18th - early 19th century this part of Vasilyevsky 
    Island was still a seaport, and visitors can see high up on the portico of 
    the Stock Exchange building an imposing statue of Neptune, the ancient God of 
    the Sea. Two Rostral Columns, monuments to Russia's many naval victories, 
    flank the modern home of the Naval Museum. 
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