History and the idea of creating "The Seagull" The idea of building the Chaika, which carried tourists around Khortitsa, dates back to somewhere in the mid-60s of the 20th century. When the Khortytsya National Reserve was being created, then the idea arose to create a Cossack boat that could transport people to Khortytsya and carry around it. Then this idea was returned after gaining independence. But only now we have such a beauty, such a boat, which was created thanks to the private initiative of one of the residents of our city. The ship was created according tortezham of a new-fashioned Cossack ship of the 18th century, or rather the period of 1735-39, during the Russian-Turkish war. Accordingly, the details of the seagull - the original ones, such as the oak-keel part, the oak frames, the pine cladding, part of the tailoring equipment - are all completely reproduced as it was. But there are some new things, without which it is simply impossible now to register such a vessel and carry out excursion activities. First of all, these are life jackets, and fire extinguishers, and axes, and a license for the mast (editor's note - I haven’t heard ee that a license is required for the mast), and the like. This is what is required upon registration. Accordingly, due to the fact that the ship is on the water, for the sake of safety, at some points it was necessary to deviate from the primary drawings, but in general this ship is a reconstruction of that Zaporozhye "Seagull". The guns shoot, but not combat ones. The oars and sails are functioning."
“When the idea to create "The Seagull" arose, we attracted specialists - historians, culturologists, tourism experts and others. The craftsman who built this ship is the one who built the ships for the film "Taras Bulba". It's nice to say that this ship was built here in Kushugum. The masters were all affectionately called "Uncle Tolya". Unfortunately, at the beginning of June he died.” “At one time, 50 crew members could be on such a vessel. Now the ship does not take such a number of people on board. On oars, the vessel reaches a speed of approximately 7-8 km / h. Those who wish can tryto work with oars independently. Now 7 excursion routes have been developed, and 3 crossings, but due to a legal conflict, only one is used.
11 berths and other registration problems “Due to the fact that the vessel was reproduced according to the original drawings, it fell into the category of small vessels. There is no special class of "historically reproduced ships". We fell into the class of auxiliary, technical ships. »«There is a problem with the design of routes. We are given permission to turn around only in three places. I understand that we, as pioneers, have a lot of questions about how this should all work. On the one hand, it's good that we can't just build somea ferryboat, and walking people on it. There should be checks, but I would like the various structures to also take into account the specifics of work in this area. Everyone says that the city needs to improve its image, tourist attraction, and so, please, look, a private entrepreneur is investing a lot of money, it seems that he should be helped, not hindered? that it should come aground, estuaries. But according to the documents, the "Seagull" should moor to the pier. Generally, when weworked out possible routes, we were told that we should build 11 berths.
I hope everything is not so bad and it will be possible to resolve all this.
How much did the creation of "The Seagull" cost? "The owner of the Seagull is not a millionaire, but an ordinary ordinary citizen. He doesn't want fame. He says that there is a captain, there is a team, let them comment. His name is Vadim Kalyuzhnyak, he is not rich, he drives an old car, since he invests all the money in the development of "The Seagull". "As far as I know, the construction and materials for the "Seagull" cost about 300,000 hryvnias. In total, with the rigging part, the engine turned out to be about half a million. But I am not the owner, so I was not involved in financial matters, but onI don’t have the opportunity to give my own money.” “The first voyage was in November 2016, after which the ship was run in for a very long time, there were certain technical issues that needed to be corrected. The owner had to travel additionally to earn money for its completion, since many details surfaced at the very end.
Team - professional sailors “The number of life jackets on board is twice the number of passengers who are taken on board. Each life jacket is designed for a certain weight, but you never know what kind of people will come. Chaika can take about 30 people on a trip, this is a comfortable amount, we transport in small groups to avoid all controversial issues. Elderly people, on crutches, and children with malformations of movement on wheelchairs, entered the ship, it is completely safe.” “The team is a professionalsailors, worked in the navy. By the way, they are already sewing appropriate costumes.
But there are still a lot of questions.”
How much does it cost to ride “The fare on the Seagull for an adult is 100 hryvnia, for children under seven years old - free of charge. The route takes 2 - 2.5 hours. Such a run is because people usually have a desire to sit on the oars. Of course, there is demand from travel agencies that bring groups of people to Zaporozhye. If earlier it was a sightseeing tour by bus, now there is an opportunity to ride on the Cossack Chaika.”
Text - Lilia Stativko, photo - Slava Chizhenok, translation - from the editors of the site Dnevki.net