Uzhgorod mini-ship ” Carpathia»

Mini-sculpture Carpathia at night
Mini-sculpture Carpathia at night

Uzhgorod mini-sculpture ship “Carpathia” is located on Theater square next to Nicholas. on a handrail Uzha (GPS: 48.622083, 22.298086). It was installed on April 15, 2013. The author of the sculpture is Mikhail Kolodko. It was installed 101 years after the tragic death of the Titanic. On the night of April 15, 1912, the then largest passenger ship in the world, the British Titanic, in a hurry to arrive in new York, collided with an iceberg and sank.

At the time of the tragedy, there were 2,224 people on the boat, including 1514 died. A British ship was the first to arrive to help the Titanic “Carpathia”. It took on Board all 710 survivors of the largest in the world the world of the steamer. At the time of the tragedy, the ship “Carpathia” was at a distance of almost 100 kilometers from the Titanic. It took him more than three hours, to get to the crash site. At that time, the Titanic had already sunk. The fate of the “Carpathia” is also not the best way. July 17, 1918 during world war I, the ship Carpathia sank as a result of a torpedo attack German submarine attacks. However all passengers and crew members managed to escape.

Uzhgorod sculpture is empty inside. If you put it in it if a candle is lit, it may seem that the ship has glowing portholes, and it is real by ship. Guides advise to light a candle inside the “Carpathia” in memory of the dead.

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An interesting legend associated with this mini-sculpture described in her book «Uzhgorod – world capital of mini-sculptures” Nadezhda Popadyuk according to legend, after signing a contract with the British government in 1809 for the transportation of mail, the owner of the Cunard Line shipping company, Samuel Cunard, received an invitation from the Governor to a festive ball organized in honor of the openingUzhgorod Juanita. This invitation was made on a postcard with the image of mountains of incredible beauty and unusual for the son of a canadian timber merchant named “Carpathians”. He was so pleasantly impressed by the beauty of the Carpathian mountains that he had a dream to one day name his ship “Carpathia”. The business developed very successfully and Samuel Cunard became a millionaire and the father of 9 children. He died in London in 1865, and it was then that a mini-sculpture of the dream ship “Carpathia” appeared in Uzhgorod, and a new cunarder (the so-called liner of the company “Cunard Line”) with the name “Carpathia” was launched on August 6, 1902.

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