The pier “Lotus” from half a km away
When you see this pier in the Bay Dvuyakornaya from afar you understand that it is unusual compared to others. You notice also its impressive size. This does not impress you much because sizes are lost in sea. But when you come closer, you realize that it’s not just big but a giant construction.
The pier “Lotus” from half a km away
Such a large object, like the Department store from the 70s, is standing in the middle of the sea in the Bay Dvuyakornaya.
The concrete pier on the metal piles has a length about 180 m and it ends with a huge building that combines a warehouse, a workshop, a laboratory, administrative offices and an observation post. The height of the building is 6 floors and one floor on the roof! Dimensions in plan are approx. 40 x 30 m.
View to the pier from the roof of one of the buildings of the plant
I didn’t find any information why it is called “Lotus”, but I just remembered that there is special love for plant names in our army… But… a big, white, in the middle of the water – why not the Lotus?
From the shore to the pavilion (we’ll say so) leads narrow-gauge railway. We can suppose that it was used for torpedoes delivery for testing. The pavilion served for such tests. They say, at the bottom of the sea, opposite shore, still are lying torpedoes of different years and modifications.
The pier with a narrow gauge railway with a length of 180 m.
A hall met us, suppressing its size. There is a beam crane under a ceiling. A huge iron gate are on both sides of the hall. I thing two elephants standing on each other can easy pass through the gate.
The first pavilion’s hall of the at the end of the pier
Grass is growing inside, instead of rails. Empty traces lead in the shaft, where the experimental torpedoes could go down to the water or to launch out of the building into the open sea…
Here is the scope for comparison – so you don’t have any suggestion about exaggeration.
The second pavilion’s hall
There are so large windows that can “contain” mountains…
The view from pavilion’s window
Passing through the whole building, tracks without rails come to a large hole in the floor with a lot of metal structures. In this place the experimental torpedoes were being used.
Here torpedoes were launched
Near is a elevator shaft. It was possible to take lift on any floor of the building. Around the shift there is a staircase and now you can to climb to the highest floor and look at all floors of the building.
The elevator shaft
On some floors there are offices with such unusual windows from the floor. If you are sick and tired you can go out…to sea… What? Just imagine: the summer, the heat… and you are sitting here so sad. And the sea under the windows. You can say “Stop!” Then you, open the window and… Hope at this time a torpedo would not being launched.
I thing that workers probably had the same thoughts about to jump into the sea
There are still some piece of furniture, magazines, forms, and papers.
On the highest floor there is a room that looks like a captain’s bridge. Maybe it was an observation post where the chiefs were watching the torpedoes start and hit the target. On the right column is something similar to an intercom station, obviously, for the connection with the first floor.
The observation post
If you climb higher, you can get on the roof of the observation post.
From the highest point of the pier is a great view to the shore. Now you can imagine the scale of the structure?! From here you can see even the sea from the other side of the Cape.
The view from pavilion’s roof
You can also see a mole of small factory port. Once there were specialized boats. Now here is schooner “Scarlet sails”. The romantic tourists go boating in the Koktebel Bay in the holiday season.
The view of the mole and the port
“Assol + schooner “Scarlet sails”Grey = Love” – this brings to mind images from a good old movie. For one romance is a schooner with scarlet sails, for others – pier “Lotus” with its torpedoes…
The sails on sailyard it seems a fake. It is understandable: the sailboat must to work and bring income. Who wants to worry about the sails. It’s interesting what does the captain answer each time when he is asked: “Let’s put the sails”…
The schooner “Scarlet sails”
One more story about the mystery of Ordzhonikidze has ended. It’s not the last one…