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Russian cruiser – Aurora
Having been launched in 1900 the Russian cruiser Aurora served in the Russo-Japanese war, surviving the Battle of Tsushima before going on to serve again in World War 1. She was stripped of her guns which were used in the defence of Leningrad in World War 2., however she is perhaps best known as having fired a blank shot from her forecastle gun at 9.45 pm on 25 October 1917 which signaled the start of the assault on the Winter Palace, which was to be the beginning of the October Revolution and the end of the Russian Monarchy.
Laid down at the Admiralty Shipyard, St. Petersburg, May 1897
Delivered May 1900 and commissioned in July 1903
Displacement 6,731 tons
Triple shaft with 3 triple expansion reciprocating steam engines developing 11,610 HP
Speed 19 knots
Complement: 590 crew
Armament: A variety of heavy weapons including 3 torpedo tubes
The laid up Aurora was damaged and eventually sank in 1941 but was raised and fully repaired between 1945-47 before being permanently moored on the Neva River in Leningrad (now St Petersburg) as a monument to the Bolshevik Revolution. A further phase of restoration was carried out in in drydock from 1984-87
As a museum ship, the Aurora is one of many historic attractions in Saint Petersburg. As the oldest commissioned ship of the Russian Navy, still flying the ensign under which she was commissioned, but now under the care of the Central Naval Museum, she is still manned by an active service crew commanded by a Captain. In January, 2013 the Russian Defence Minister announced plans to re-commission Aurora and make her the flagship of the Russian Navy on account of her historical and cultural importance. A visit to St. Petersburg on our Baltic Sea cruise last month provided me the opportunity for a firsthand look at this magnificently preserved vessel – Stephen.