Wandering Camera

(Translated by Natalia)


Maybe youve heard about the plans of reconstruction of the New Holland island, although almost all of buildings there are architecture monuments.

In the beginning (at Peter the First times) the warehouses of wood (for construction of ships) were here. At soviet times and after perestroika the island belonged to militarians. The ideas appeared time after time to open the island for everyone, for tourists, but nobody could really take on such a huge project. The militarians also didnt want to leave the island.

But not long ago the militarians had to leave the island anyway, and now therere plans for reconstruction. Most of buildings will be destroyed or re-built, so I decided to use a chanse and to take the pictures of a New Holland - as its been for years (and wont be anymore). Have to remind that once weve walked around New Holland (in album # 97). Today well take a look inside. It would be easier to be guided through pictures with this plan.


Well enter the island by 1st Krushtein bridge (from Admiralty channel side).

At the left we see the buildings constructed to be the warehouses of a wood, at the right the Mendeleev laboratory.

And heres the opposite view.

Dont know what to say about laboratory have no information.

Its easier with warehouses. Lets enter inside.

As I said before, these are former warehouses for drying and storage of a ship wood. Theyre the main buildings on an island and theyre famous by its arch.

Before 1763 the warehouses, built by I.Korobov, were made of wood.

At times of Peter the 1st (at first third of XVIII century) the one big shipyard was here, called Holland, and it wasnt the island. New Holland has become an island in 1719, when Krukov and Admiralty channels were digged.

But theres an alternate version that says: this name came from large villages of Dutch masters, stood in the neighbourhood. And there was no shipyard here at all.

In 1763 the wooden warehouses were changed with stone (by project of S.Chevakinsky). The work up of buildings and corners of complex was offered by J.B.Vallen-Delamoth.

Today they look almost the same, just some floors, stairways and lifts have been built (at the picture).

Some of them look very old. For example, this costruction with rivets.

At soviet times the warehouses of naval base and a garment factory were settled down on the island. After perestroika the small part of island was rented with commercial structures..

I tried to choose better pictures, but I had a feeling that militarians had not simply left the island, but receded before superior forces of the enemy, and had not enough time to blow up the object.

The broken furniture, scattered flour, scraps of papers, old things, boards are everywhere.

After perestroika nobody wanted to reconstruct the island, because of necessity to keep the historical buildings here. For our business its like a bone in a throat - it is more favourable to destroy all under a zero and to construct elite habitation as higher as possible.

But they have come to agreement somehow.

The coupler keeps the building from collapse.
The telpher - pendant load-lifting device with an electric drive.
Someone probably got lost or prisoned here and tried to paint the pictures on the walls and asked for help ;-)

The stairway, beginning of XX century.

There was the same one, not painted.

Reservoir in the center of island is an internal pool. In the beginning of XVIII century there was a pond and in the center was the small island , where Peter the 1st had a rest while he visited the shipyard.
There is a covered pool at the right, behind the yellow building, It was built in 1893. The scientist A.Krylov made there the experiments of buoyancy of the ships.

Most of buildings at these three pictures belong to soviet times.



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