Moment of silence in the Tsushima Strait

Crews of the Sedov and Pallada paid tribute to the memory of Russian seafarers who died in the battle of Tsushima.
As part of the round-the-world expedition of Rosrybolovstvo a memorial ceremony was held on board of the vessels. The Pallada always holds a minute's tribute of silence to the memory of fallen heroes when she happens to transit the strait. Under the sails of peace, the heroes of the historical battle with the Japanese fleet were remembered again. It was no coincidence that the ceremony started at 13.48. It was 115 years ago at 13.48 in the waters of the Tsushima Strait, when the battle of two naval fleets began.

At 13:30 Pallada’s and Sedov's crews lined up on the decks of their vessels. Masters Nikolay Zorchenko and Yevgeniy Romashkin made small speeches about the Battle of Tsushima which was a major naval battle fought between Russia and Japan during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905. The Russian seafarers were aware of the considerable superiority of the Japanese, but they chose to die in battle rather than to yield. Therefore, every time a Russian ship passes the Tsushima Strait she pays tribute to those remote ancestors who were defending our Fatherland here.

After their formal speeches the Masters ordered to lower the wreaths to the water. After the moment of silence cadets and ship boys lowered the wreaths.

The national anthem of the Russian Federation was played to pay homage to our fallen compatriots. This Korean Strait became the mass grave for the 17 Russian ships and 3,5 thousand Russian seafarers.

The Memorial Day on the Sedov was also marked with a themed lecture on the Russian cruiser Varyag, gunboat Koreyets and tragic death of Vice Admiral Makarov.

Historical note:

Russo-Japanese war was a difficult test for the Russian state. This war is worth remembering and honoring. The violent naval battle in the waters of the Tsushima Strait predetermined the outcome of the Russian-Japanese war in favor of Japan. All the Pacific squadrons under the command of Vice-admirals Makarov, Rozhdestvensky and rear-Admiral Nebogatov were wrecked with irreparable losses. During the battle of Tsushima, the Russian squadron lost more than 5,000 men killed and drowned. More than 7,000 people were captured, including two admirals; out of the 38 ships, only 4 vessels could continue fighting. In addition to numerical superiority, the Japanese ships had better armour, faster speed and were more powerful.

Russian crews did not surrender but they sank the ships. The vessels were submerging with running engines and firing cannons. The officers and ratings were serving their country until the last minute.

Photos by Vasiliy Semidianov, Evgeniya Romanenko

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