Mammoet launches Peter the Great’s Poltava battleship replica
Friday, Jun 08, 2018
The replica of Russia’s first 54-gun battleship from the 18th century was safely launched on 27 May in celebration of Saint Petersburg's birthday

The Poltava battleship was part of the Baltic Fleet and was named in honor of Russia’s victory in the Battle of Poltava. PJSC Gazprom and the Chairman of the Board of Gazprom Alexei Miller initiated the reconstruction of the historic battleship. The new Poltava will be a floating museum in St. Petersburg.

Preparation for the ship’s construction involved detailed historical research. Historians worked with archive materials in search of drawings and descriptions of the legendary ship to authentically recreate the technologies used during the time of Peter I.

“We see a unique ship – it is a full-scale replica of Russia’s first battleship that was built according to the design and with personal participation of our great Emperor Peter I,” said Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Vladimir Korolyov.

Mammoet was contracted to safely launch the historically authentic 600-ton wooden ship. Working under a tight schedule, the ship needed to launch at a specified time during the official ceremony. SPMTs safely transported the ship out of the hangar of the shipyard. Mammoet fastened the ship to provide stability. For the lift and launch procedure, Mammoet engineers created a special rigging scheme that optimized load distribution. For the operation, Mammoet's PTC 35 was deployed. Its reach, small footprint and high capacity allowed Mammoet to lift the carefully strapped ship within the limited space of the shipyard and slew it 180 degrees, before launching it into the Gulf of Finland.

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