Highlights of the week 16

Last week was spiritually uplifting: it was devoted to folk traditions, history and art.
Pavel Matviyets, a member of the Expedition and a senior researcher of the World ocean Museum dedicated his lecture to the art of seascape painter Sylvester Shchedrin: Pavel was talking about Shchedrin's biography and specific manner of painting. Artist's palette was incredibly rich, so he depicted each and every shade of water in his pictures. "Two Russian seascape giants are Shchedrin and Aivazovskiy. The first painted calm seas, the second liked depicting rough ones," said the researcher.

Another themed evening was dedicated to the Battle on the Ice. Cadet Viktor Krylov reminded the audience that it was fought between the Republic of Novgorod led by Prince Alexander Nevsky and the forces of the Livonian Order and Bishopric of Dorpat led by Bishop Hermann of Dorpat on April 5, 1242, at Lake Peipus. The battle is notable for having been fought largely on the frozen lake, which gave the battle its name

On Holy Thursday, a large traditional clean-up was carried out on board of the Sedov. The cadets vigorously scrubbed the decks, washed their overalls, cleaned the forecastle and living accomodation.

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