The Mariinski Canal System


The Mariinskii Canal system where this photo was taken was a system of canals that were constructed to connect the Gulf of Finland and the Volga River. This waterway started construction in 1709 when the Russian were developing their infustructure to connect St. Petersburg with the interior of Russia. This waterway was very important since allowed the movement of goods from the Atlantic into the interior of Russia along the Volga River. This waterway cut the time to travel from Cherepovets to Leningrad from 10-15 days down to 2-3 days allowing for fast travel between the Atlantic and the Volga River.
The photo notes that the crew is from the boat Sheksna which is actually the name of one of the rivers that made up the Mariinskii Canal system. I’m guessing whether that the boat operated along that river only or the entirety of the canal system. The canal system is now renamed as the Volga-Baltic waterway and still operates today. The building of the Mariinski Canal system showed the development of Russia’s interior from the early 1700’s through the 1900’s.


3 thoughts on “The Mariinski Canal System”

  1. This photo could probably double as a No-shave November winners’ spotlight. Great picture selection! Your post could be improved by tidying up spelling and grammar, as well as pushing the analysis a bit further. Why does it matter that Russian ships could travel significantly faster as a result of these canals being constructed? I am confident that you know the importance of this development, hence why you selected the subject in the first place, but the post would be stronger if you could more clearly and confidently spell out how this tied into what was going on more broadly during the years of the Russian empire.

  2. It is very interesting how important the canal system was for Russia due to the greater ease of travel and time efficiency. I believe in today’s society we take these waterways for granted. When I was looking through Prokudin-Gorskii’s albums I came across a picture of a monument dedicated to the opening of a canal. I found it fascinating that the opening of a canal would warrant a monument. I believe this is because of the huge impact on transportation in Russia this canal must of had. It was a great feat for those laborers who constructed the canal. The monument must have been in honor of the hard work and dedication they displayed. This canal is one part of the Industrial Revolution that helped launch Russia to become a significant world power.

  3. Developing this canal system must have been crucial to Russia at this time in history. Knowing how terrible;e central Russia’s weather can get, waterways gave ease to central Russia. Is this picture of a fairy system? If so, it must have introduced a new job field, jobs that were defiantly needed by Russia.

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