"Capsule of time" raised from the bottom of the Black Sea

22-09-2017, 14:25
In 1967 The USSR celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Great October Revolution. In the same year, in the Novorossiysk youth literary-patriotic club “Schooner of the Same Age”, they started thinking about what will happen in another half a century. And they decided to celebrate the anniversary of the revolution with a message to the future. A collection of letters was announced, which should have become that same message, but apart from them they decided to put in the capsule a record with the songs “Let there always be the Sun!” And “Tenderness”.
Even from Sujuk Island, the lighthouse looks like a tiny spot on the horizon.
"Capsule of time" raised from the bottom of the Black Sea
In 1967, the USSR celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Great October Revolution. In the same year, in the Novorossiysk youth literary-patriotic club “Schooner of the Same Age”, they started thinking about what will happen in another half a century. And they decided to celebrate the anniversary of the revolution with a message to the future. A collection of letters was announced, which should have been the message itself, but apart from them they decided to put in the capsule musical records with the songs “Let there always be the Sun!” And “Tenderness”, photos of Novorossiysk of 1967 and, of course, Komsomol badges.
Naturally, the question arose where to save the capsule so that it would survive 50 years. For a port city, a better and more symbolic place than the base of the Sujuk lighthouse, going to the bottom of the Black Sea, was indeed impossible to find. But there were known technical difficulties. Their decision was laid on the shoulders of design engineers of the Novorossiysk Department of the Refrigeration Fishing Fleet.
Young people from the “Age Schooners” parses sent “letters to the future”, next to a capsule-cylinder
"Capsule of time" raised from the bottom of the Black Sea
As a result, the capsule had the shape of a cylinder of corrosion-resistant brass, which in turn fit into a stainless steel box. Having filled the capsule with its valuable cargo, it was placed in a steel box and filled with resin. But even this did not seem enough for the preservation of letters, given the aggressive nature of not only seawater, but also currents and storms in the Black Sea. Therefore, the box, in turn, was placed inside wooden formwork and filled with concrete.

Closing the filled capsule

"Capsule of time" raised from the bottom of the Black Sea
A floating crane in the place where a capsule was laid back in 1968
"Capsule of time" raised from the bottom of the Black Sea
In the next year, 1968, on April 7, a floating crane with divers and with a fully prepared important cargo left the port to the Sujuk lighthouse.Massive concrete block, which was displayed "1967-2017. You, descendants! ”Lowered to the bottom of the Black Sea at the foot of the lighthouse. Then it was an extremely large-scale event in the life of the city.
"Capsule of time" raised from the bottom of the Black Sea
On September 13, 2017, like half a century ago, the floating crane with divers went to the Sujuk lighthouse, where they finally raised a message capsule from the bottom of the sea.
In exchange, a new message was placed on the bottom of the Black Sea, which will begin its “journey” in 2067. This time the capsule was manufactured at the Novorossiysk Ship Repair Plant. Start collecting letters was given last year and ended in August. How seriously did our contemporaries take this, whose letters will go to the bottom of the Black Sea, will be recognized by those who will live to 2067.
The official invitation to bookmark the message in the future. Now even this is a rare nostalgic "artifact", talking about that era
"Capsule of time" raised from the bottom of the Black Sea
Of course, the results of lifting the capsule will be highlighted in the media, but as stated in the organizing committee of the civil-patriotic action “Together in the future! The message to descendants ”will be familiarized directly with the“ artifacts ”of the past epoch and letters from the past will be available at the end of September in the Novorossiysk Museum.
"Capsule of time" raised from the bottom of the Black Sea
Those messages were written against the background of a breakthrough into space, conviction in the imminent arrival of communism and faith in progressive humanity. The USSR was strong and unshakable. How do we take a look at these letters now? What they seem to us? Naive or inspiring, and, perhaps, they will surprise us, give us hope, or, on the contrary, will grieve when they see what we could have dreamed of “only” 50 years ago. Someone even envy those people who know.

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