The Russian replica frigate ” Shtandart ” has arrived at San Miguel marina, and at 12 midday on Saturday 1 February it will launch a salvo in honour of the town. Several local dignitaries will be present, and there will be guided tours of the ship. It will be in San Miguel marina until 14 February.
It was Tsar Peter the Great himself who designed the frigate in 1703, and it was the flagship of his fleet , combining the dominant English and Dutch shipbuilding styles of the era. The Shtandart continued in service until 1719 , when Peter decreed that the ship would be preserved forever as testimony to its history and a monument to the art of shipbuilding. But in 1727 , while the vessel was being restored, an accident shattered the Shtandart. Almost 300 years later, Peter’s vision was realised, and the ship was rebuilt as a floating museum. The whole project is described the ship’s website HERE.