A student of Tyumen College of Water Transport worked with Sibirskaya Volnitsa club of historic reconstruction to rebuild a Siberian doschanik vessel based on the technical drawings of the 16th-18th centuries.
Most parts were made of pine, only stern poles and angle-ties were made of larch. It took about 10 months to build it for students who worked three hours a day in their spare time.
The Tyumen student team got the technical drawings from their colleagues in Elets. The Elets team had previously had some experience in reconstructing old ships, so they provided consultations and shared secrets of their technology.
"The hull is ready. Now we have to make oars, masts and then the sails. And then we must pack and pitch it," says Alexey Nelyubin, Deputy Chairman of Sibirskaya Volnitsa Club of Historic Reconstruction.
It is at this final stage that the students had problems with their construction materials. Until the end of the 20th centuries there were villages were tar was being made; now there are no longer any such villages. So the student team will have to make their own tar.
The vessel will be launched in the spring, and then the team wants to make a voyage on it. They intend to sail from Tyumen to Surgut. And then they will go back by car.
"It would be difficult to go upstream, so we decided to sail to Surgut, and then we will take a car back," Alexey Nelyubin says.
As a matter of fact, a doschanik is depicted on the coat-of-arms of Tyumen, and it was just the first project for the club and the college student team. The students intend to build two more ships by the next spring. These will be two keel ships, so they will have better maneuverability and higher speed.
Students of Tyumen College of Water Transport Built a Ship According to 16th and 18th Century Drawings