The steamer “Vesta”, which participated in the Russo-Turkish war and took the fight with a Turkish armored сorvette in 1877, was discovered at a depth about 52 meters by professional divers of the “Black Sea submarine studies centre” 16 km West of Cape Tarkhankut (the most Western point of the Crimea). The staff of the “Black Sea submarine studies centre” have reported about it to the head of the Republic of Crimea.
A. Bogolyubov, Battle of steamer Vesta with the Turkish battleship “Fethi-Buland” in the Black sea 11 July 1877
“The ships’ breast is well-preserved, that allowed to identify the steamer with almost 100% probability”, – told the head of the Republic the manager of engineering department ” of the “Black Sea submarine studies centre” Michael Shevchiuk. The “Vesta” will not be raised from the bottom. However some artifacts will be extracted and then will be presented in the museums of the Republic.
The history of the steamer “Vesta” is connected with the Crimean war, which followed the interdiction for Russia to have Russians warships in the Black sea. This steamer built in England was used as trade one.
The ship was almost wooden but the guns were put on it in the fervor of a new Russo-Turkish war of 1877. July 11, 1877 it took the fight with a much more powerful Turkish armored corvette “Fethi-Buland”. After five-hour battle the Turkish warship was forced to recede.
In remembrance of the battle the monument was erected in Sevastopol on the mass grave of sailors of “Vesta”. The battle with the Turkish battleship inspired Aivazovsky and Bogolyubov write paintings about the sea battle.
After the war “Vesta” continued to sail on commercial lines. 10 years later after the famous battle the steamer went down in shore of the Crimea because of collision with another ship “Sineus”. According to the head of the Republic Sergey Aksyonov the new underwater archaeological object will add the collection of interesting artifacts off the coast of the Crimea. Is necessary to make them attractive for tourists. “This gives possibility to earn but the certification of all objects is needed for protection from black archeologists”, – said the head of the Republic.