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My Life In Boats: Erik Nickel on reviving his 38m yacht Acania

A love of classics motivated the owners of 38-metre Acania to revive her, they tell Grace Trofa ...

Back in the 1970s, while my father and uncle were on a motorcycle trip up in Seattle, they stumbled upon this 26-metre 1939 De Vries Lentsch motor yacht then named Lycon . They bought it, did a reasonable mechanical/structural refit and kept her in Sausalito. I was about seven when I spent my first California summer vacation on board, and through high school, I spent one month each summer travelling along the coast to the Channel Islands, the San Juans and into Vancouver. For a landlocked kid from Oklahoma, it was more than an adventure, it was a life-changing experience.

I finally moved out to California full-time when I was 29 to join my uncle in the wine business in Napa Valley. Lycon was renamed Far Niente after the winery my uncle rebuilt, and I worked with him to build our new winery, Nickel & Nickel. My partner, Michael Loftis, and I eventually decided to move to Santa Barbara. Michael too had grown up landlocked but spent time sailing, particularly in the BVIs. He had always been drawn to the sea and could not wait to live somewhere by the ocean.

In Santa Barbara, we quickly realised there were no true sailing destinations other than for day trips, and the time we did spend on the water brought back all those old memories and got me thinking, wouldn’t it be cool to find an old boat that needed us to renovate and tour the coast? I credit Michael for discovering Acania . After reading the provenance, I said that’s it, there was no question she was our girl. On Michael’s 43rd birthday, we headed up to Everett, a town near Seattle, to see Acania . She had sat for more than a decade in a backwater slough, a graveyard for forgotten boats. Of course, she was far worse than we imagined, but there was no turning back. 

Three weeks and three days after we signed the deal, we were preparing Thanksgiving dinner for my family in Oklahoma when Michael got a text message, “Hello, do you have anything to do with the motor vessel Acania ? If so, she sank last night.” Michael quietly put the phone in his pocket and didn’t say anything until the next morning. We did a dead tow across to Delta Marine , explained the situation, and for whatever crazy reason they said they would help. If not, I don’t know what we would have done. Most people said it was time to scrap her, but we were in love.

She has quite an illustrious past: she was built for a Wall Street banker, was owned by an actress, was a mine-sweeping ship during the war, did nuclear surveillance research for the Air Force, humpback whale research and was part of the TIGHAR Expedition searching for the wreckage of Amelia Earhart’s aeroplane.  We are still working with a historian to confirm she was a silent build for Al Capone. There was a speakeasy bar on board, and you had to push three different buttons, one located in the wheelhouse, to open a wall to enter the bar. We are planning a documentary on her 90-year history.

We’ve been at it for six years now and still have a couple more years to go. We kept her original superstructure underneath, the original riveted steel tanks, and the engine is all original, so the heart and soul are still there. We were fortunate to find her original plans in the Hagley Museum in Delaware. Both Michael and I love architecture and design, and we love to see old things come alive again. We are heavily involved in the aesthetics so we are taking our time. People ask, how can you wait so long? I remind them we are in the wine business. It takes a long time to create something good and we are enjoying the process.

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It is common for classic yachts of bygone eras to be associated with famous individuals. There is the  Taconite  that was built by the Boeings and the  Fifer  that belonged to former B.C. Lieutenant Governor Colonel Wallace. In California and throughout the United States numerous pre-Second World War classic vessels were registered to famous people, including movie stars, politicians and wealthy businessmen. Some, inevitably, were associated with infamous or notorious owners. Such a yacht, it seems, is the  Acania .

This year, a 137-foot steel hulled yacht,  Acania , was berthed in Telegraph Harbour on Thetis Island—at the marina’s outer dock on more than one occasion. When we came across it there in June, the vessel had been piloted into the harbour through its narrow, shallow channel by skilled captain Rick Etsell, assisted by crew Tim and Nancy Wistrom. It drew much attention from visiting boaters and local islanders and it was soon speculated to have been the one-time property of Al Capone, legendary Chicago bootlegger and gangster. The rumour is said to be supported in part by the unusual early ownership records of the vessel.

The official records, however, show that  Acania  was designed by John Wells and built in New York in 1930 at Consolidated Shipbuilding for a Wall Street banker, Arthur E. Wheeler. Fitted out as a high-end luxury motor yacht representative of the golden age known as the Roaring Twenties, its accommodations included four staterooms, a sitting room, sun decks, a formal dining room with supporting galleys, a hideaway bar, which was a necessity for the prohibition era, and commodious crew quarters.

A number of rumours surround the  Acania.  For starters it is believed there was another, almost identical vessel, also named  Acania,   that was said to have belonged to Capone and used as a decoy so that the FBI would be fooled into chasing down the wrong carrier of illicit booze while the rum-runner made its getaway.

We were curious about  Acania’s  dubious past and were gratified when we were invited aboard for a tour of the old lady.

The tour took us throughout the yacht and we spent about two hours admiring her layout, restored woodwork, magnificent wheelhouse, spiral stairs in a spacious companionway, and looking into its secret bar located behind a large wooden wall panel that swung away at the touch of a concealed latch. Throughout the ship there were many hidden and disguised lockers, including a special champagne storage area. Below decks an unusual coating on a water tank with its seemingly extraneous piping masquerading as tank vents and fill pipes led us to believe it was used for storing rum—not water.

The magnificent yacht was restored over a five-year period between 2008 and 2013. It has had extensive structural repairs to its steel hull, decks and interior, with copious amounts of woodwork restored or replaced. New twin 600 horsepower Caterpillar diesels were installed along with a variety of modern systems that replaced the old diesel power and equipment. A mezzanine in the engine room overlooks the new power plants and accessories. A touch of the classic era remains in the form of a large electric switching panel, kept as a memento rather than a functional unit.

The owner, David Olson of San Francisco, California, made a point of keeping the vessel as original as possible by retaining the traditional telegraph and other historic bronze controls, although these too are not functional and are backed up now by new technology.

The interior of the ship is a veritable museum. Antique furnishings, carpeting and floors add a classic dimension to the restored  Acania . David Olson has gone to great lengths to acquire period furnishings to restore this classic to its original status representing luxury yachts of the 1920s and 1930s.

We left the vessel wondering about its dubious past. Had Capone really owned it at one time? Had he used the documented original owners as a ruse to fool the authorities?

I think the photograph that was standing on one of the tables in the lounge, of Al Capone smiling as though he knew the answer, said it all.

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This motor yacht ACANIA is a 38 m 126 (ft) well proportioned steel luxury yacht which was manufactured by Pusey & Jones rp and designed by John H Wells. A well proportioned converted private yacht ACANIA is a very distinctive United States built superyacht which was launched to celebration in 1929. Sleeping 12 passengers and 10 professional crew, motor yacht ACANIA used to be Murdona; Nellwood Ii; Acania; Seaprobe I as her shipyard project name or yacht title. She could be described as a classic converted private yacht.

The Construction & Design of Luxury Yacht ACANIA

John H Wells was the naval architect firm involved in the formal nautical plans for ACANIA. John H Wells is also associated with the yacht wider design collaboration for this yacht. the United States is the country that Pusey & Jones rp built their new build motor yacht in. After the official launch in 1929 in Wilmington, Delaware the boat was released to the yacht owner following sea trials. The hull was built out of steel. The motor yacht superstructure is made mostly using steelandgrpandfir. With a beam of 8.6 m / 21.6 ft ACANIA has spacious room. A fairly shallow draught of 2.74m (9ft) affects the list of overall ports she can berth in, contingent on their minimum depth. She had refit improvement and modification completed by 1991.

M/Y ACANIA Engineering Figures & Performance:

Fitted with twin GM diesel main engines, ACANIA is able to reach a high speed of 11 knots. ACANIA is propelled by twin screw propellers. She also has an efficient range of 6500 nautical miles whilst sailing at her cruise speed of 10 knots. Her total HP is 530 HP and her total Kilowatts are 390.

Accommodation On Aboard Superyacht ACANIA:

The well proportioned luxury yacht M/Y ACANIA is able to sleep a total of 12 guests and has 10 professional crew.

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She has a teak deck.

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ACANIA 1930 History of The Motor Yacht Acania. The Diesel yacht Acania designed by John H. Wells. For Arthur E. Wheeler of New York. She was built in 1930 at the famous New York ship builders, Consolidated Shipbuilding Corporation. Her Principal dimensions: LOA 136ft 2 ½ inches LWL 134ft 1 ½ inches Beam 23ft 1 ¼ inches Draft 8ft 9 ½ inches Displacement 300 Tons Names Given to her over her 78 years. Acania 27th August 1930 to 10th August 1935 Dixonia 10th August 1935 to 11th Feb 1947 Southern Seas 11th Feb 1947 to April 23 rd 1957 Liberty Missing information Americana Missing information Wild Catter Missing information Star Fjord April 23rd 1995 to July 20th 2008 Returned to Acania 20th July 2008 ----- New Owner Arthur E Wheeler was a prominent Wall Street banker,who despite the Wall Street crash of 1929, had two Acanias built. Acania I was constructed in 1929 by Pusey & Jones in WilmingtonDelaware and this Acania was built in 1930. We have concluded from the short period of ownership of Acania I that Acania II may have been indeed built for the rumored silent owner, Al Capone. The rumor has persistently followed Acania II thought out her history and along with the secret bar the many hidden and disguised lockers and the unusual coating on the water tank with out of place piping masquerading as tank vents and fill pipes give good reason maybe not to doubt the silent ownership. From 1934 until 1947, she was owned by Charles R. Walgreen of the Walgreen pharmacy family. During the Walgreen ownership, Acania was commissioned by the USA Navy for WW II and used as a experimental submarine echo finder. She was also reportedly used on several occasions by President Roosevelt for war meetings. In 1947, under the new owner Clifford Mooers, Acania left the USA bound for Canada, where she stayed until her return to the USA in 1957. She was not re-registered by the USCG until 1987. Little is known of her ownership between these dates. From 1988 until 1991, she was used by various charter companies on the east coast. In 1995, Mr. Miles Davis purchased Acania in Miami from a scrap yard. Needless to say, without Mr. Davis, Acania might have been gone forever--a lost piece of maritime history. Star Fjord, as she was named during Miles Davis’ ownership, spent her previous 13 years here in the Bay Area in San Francisco, the delta, Oakland and Richmond. It was through a chance meeting with Miles Davis that Acania’s current owner was able to purchase her for a long awaited restoration. Her new owner intends to bring her back to her original layout, which will be surprisingly easy since Acania is 90% original from the 1930 build date. This is a very rare find since most vessels her age have had several refits and layout changes. The 10% of her that was changed consists of the day galley and the main galley, both of which were torn out in the 1970s. Thank goodness this was all that was changed. Mystic Seaport museum has been fantastic in providing some 20 original black and white photos of Acania’s maiden voyage which can be viewed on this web site. (see our photo gallery) . They have also researched and found a small selection of her construction drawings. Her new owner will be re-powering and installing new systems that meet today’s standards. This will include a new diesel electric propulsion system along with what we hope will be a hybrid option. Her original telegraphs will be kept as show and some of her incredible original electrical panels. The Acania restoration crew looks forward to presenting her return to the oceans sometime in 2010 on her 80th birthday. Please feel free to contact us if you have any information on this extraordinary motor yacht [email protected]

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Yet the lore lingers like bourbon on a breathy whisper that Acania, an elegant 136-foot motor yacht built in 1930 and now being restored at a boatyard in Alameda, was once owned by notorious Prohibition-era bootlegger, crime lord and all-around bad boy Al Capone.

“She’s had different owners through her nearly 80 years. Different names, too. But through it all, she’s always been known as Al Capone’s boat,” said Richard Maguire, sidestepping a hole in the boat’s aft deck where craftsmen are replacing the wood.

Maguire is overseeing a three-year restoration project for Acania’s newest owner, Dave Olson, head of San Leandro-based Olson & Co. Steel and a lover of maritime history, who was hooked by the lure of the Scarface connection.

It may not be verifiable, but the salacious story of Acania’s background swelled from known facts. For one, she’s actually Acania II. The first Acania was built about six months earlier for prominent New York banker Arthur Wheeler, Olson said. Then Wheeler had the second yacht — a near duplicate with the same name — built in 1930 by the famous New York ship builders, Consolidated Shipbuilding.

“In the height of the Depression, a New York banker has two yachts built?” Maguire said. “Either he was very fussy and didn’t like the first one. Or, as the story goes, he built the second one for a silent partner: Al Capone.”

Another clue was that this Acania was sold to new owners, the Walgreen family, of drugstore fame, in 1934 — the very year Capone was sent to prison and wouldn’t be needing a pleasure boat to tool around on anymore.

“There are just enough coincidences that it really could be true,” Olson said.

Capone or no Capone, Acania’s secret compartments hint at a naughty nautical past. From day one, she was elegantly appointed with a marble fireplace in the main salon, beamed ceilings in the dining room, rich teak paneling throughout — and here and there, in a cabin or a small closet, little hidden panels in the walls.

“One of the captains in the ’80s, when they were putting phone lines in the boat, found a cabinet at the back of a closet sealed off,” Maguire said. “There were eight bottles of champagne from 1932 in there.”

During the restoration, workers have found a gun clip, from the ’30s, and even an old safe in the master cabin. “We haven’t opened it yet,” Maguire said. “We shook it. Nothing rattled. Of course, paper money doesn’t rattle. So we’ll see.”

There’s even a hidden bar. Up in the smoking room midship on the main deck is the “most unique room on board,” he said, reaching down behind a built-in cabinet and flipping an electric switch. A panel, actually a door, opened on the opposite wall. He stepped in, pushed out another panel and folded down a bar complete with mirrored back bar and room for plenty of booze. It’s not hard to imagine Capone here, a stogie lodged in his thick lips and a beverage cupped in his pudgy hand.

“Stories go that the crew up in the wheelhouse would see authorities coming, ring a little bell, and the barman would shut the whole thing up,” Maguire said. “No one would ever know.”

During the Walgreen ownership, Acania took on a more respectable reputation. She was commissioned by the U.S. Navy for World War II and used as an experimental submarine echo finder, Maguire said. She was also reportedly used on several occasions by President Franklin Roosevelt for war meetings. But there’s no documentation on that either.

She changed hands numerous times, ultimately ending up in a scrapyard in Miami in the 1990s. A new owner purchased Acania and brought it to California. Olson, who knew of the boat’s history, bought it about a year ago. He also has a 1934 Packard believed to have been owned by Capone.

Acania is nearly all-original from the 1930 build. “This is a very rare find since most vessels her age have had several refits and layout changes,” Maguire said.

Yet a lot of work remains. The boat smells of fresh paint, old metal and varnish as a team of craftsmen work daily refinishing the teak paneling, sandblasting rust from the steel-riveted hull and installing new systems to current standards, such as a new hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system that will allow the boat to roam the Bay at up to 7 knots for four to five hours at a time, emissions-free.

The goal is for completion by 2010 for its 80th birthday, when Olson hopes to have a reunion party with former crew members. He plans to use the Acania as a pleasure boat for his family, and occasionally charter it for small cruises. “We might work a deal with Alcatraz,” he said. “So you could come to the boat in Capone’s Packard, take the yacht to the island, and take a tour of his cell. It would be a whole Capone theme.”

To follow Acania’s progress and learn more about its history, visit www.acania.net .

Reach Angela Hill at [email protected] .

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Historical Summary:

Principal dimensions:.

  • LOA  136ft 2 ½ inches
  • LWL 134ft 1 ½ inches
  • Beam 23ft 1 ¼ inches
  • Draft 8ft 9 ½ inches
  • Displacement 300 Tons

Previous Names & Owners:

  • Acania 27th August 1930 to 10th August 1935 - Owner Arthur Wheeler
  • Dixonia 10th August 1935 to 11th Feb 1947 - Owned by Walgreen family
  • Southern Seas 11th Feb 1947 to April 23 rd 1957 - Registered in Canada, owned by Clifford Mooers
  • Liberty - Missing information
  • Americana - Owned by American Can Corporation
  • Wild Catter Missing information
  • Star Fjord April 23rd 1995 to July 20th 2008 - Owner Miles Davis
  • Returned to Acania 20th July 2008 --- Owner David Olson
  • Marie 2016 to present

History of The Motor Yacht Acania:

The Diesel yacht Acania designed by John H. Wells for Mr. Arthur E. Wheeler of New York. She was launched August 27, 1930 at the famous New York ship builders, Consolidated Shipbuilding Corporation.

Arthur E Wheeler was a prominent Wall Street banker, who despite the Wall Street crash of 1929, had two Acanias built.  (The first Acania was delivered in 1929 by Pusey & Jones in Wilmington, Delaware.  It was 122-feet and a completely different design, although there were some similarities in the two yacht's arrangements.  The first Acania is still afloat, in Seattle, WA, but in poor condition due to years of hard use as a research vessel.) From 1934 until 1947, Acania was owned by Charles R. Walgreen of the Walgreen pharmacy family, renamed "Dixonia" for their hometown of Dixon, Ill. During the Walgreen ownership, Dixonia was commissioned by the USA Army for WW II and used as a experimental submarine echo finder. (Article attached below relates details of Dixonia's last cruise on Lake Michigan before going into military service, August 1941.)  She was also reportedly used on several occasions by President Roosevelt for war meetings. In 1942, Dixonia helped the Army and Navy with tests of a concept called "Sonic Deception". Sound recording, playback, and amplification was still in it's infancy, and a great deal of research was done to try and create a sound system that could be deployed on a ship and used to deceive the enemy, for example by broadcasting fake sounds of a landing invasion -- anchor chanis rattling, engines and machinery and troop noises -- all hidden by smoke screens.  The enemy could be deceived into preparing for an invasion at the wrong location, while the real invasion would take place somewhere else. Such a system was successfully tested at Sandy Hook, NJ, October 27,1942, in which Dixonia participated. [ Ghosts of the ETO ] The actor Douglass Fairbanks Jr., was aboard as an observor for the Navy.

In 1947, under the new owner Clifford Mooers , Acania was renamed "Southern Seas" and left the USA bound for British Columbia, Canada, where she stayed until her return to the USA in 1957. She was not re-registered by the USCG until 1987. Little is known of her ownership between these dates. From 1988 until 1991, she was used by various charter companies on the east coast.

In 1995, Mr. Miles Davis [not the Jazz musician] purchased Acania in Miami from a scrap yard. Needless to say, without Mr. Davis, Acania might have been gone forever--a lost piece of maritime history. Star Fjord , as she was named during Mr. Davis’ ownership, spent her previous 13 years in the Bay Area in San Francisco, the Delta, Oakland and Richmond.

During the 2008 restoration, Acania was re-powered with new Caterpillar diesels and generators, and had all new systems installed that meet today’s standards. Her original telegraphs have been retained and converted to operate the new electronic controls. Additionally, she was fitted with a bow thruster, active fin stabilizers, and a hot tub - all equipment that did not exist in 1930! Mystic Seaport museum was fantastic in providing some 20 original black and white photos of Acania’s maiden voyage which can be viewed on the owner's web site.  They have also researched and found a small selection of her construction drawings.

External Links:

  • Captain Gill Fisher's account of delivering Acania to New York City, c. early 1990's: Motoryacht Americana
  • Novel taking place aboard Acania: The Lollipop Murder (Publisher's site)
  • The "Other" Acania - Acania the First: ldolphin.org/rpl/acania
  • Acania underway in the San Francisco Delta, September 2014. (YouTube)

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In 1942, as "Dixonia", Acania helped the Army and Navy with tests of a concept called "Sonic Deception". Sound recording, playback, and amplification was still in it's infancy, and a great deal of research was done to try and create a sound system that could be deployed on a ship and used to deceive the enemy, for example by broadcasting fake sounds of a landing invasion -- anchor chains rattling, engines and machinery and troop noises -- all hidden by smoke screens. The enemy could be deceived into preparing for an invasion at the wrong location, while the real invasion would take place somewhere else. Such a system was successfully tested at Sandy Hook, NJ, October 27,1942, in which Dixonia participated. [ Ghosts of the ETO ] The actor Douglass Fairbanks Jr., was aboard as an observer for the Navy.

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Superb pair nautical blueprints of the 126-foot motor yacht ACANIA. From naval architect John H. Wells, 11 East 44th Street, New York. Dated July 25, 1928. The legends at lower right corner show dimensions of 126-feet length, 21-foot six inches in width, and 8-feet draft.

There are two blueprints in the rare offering. The profile blueprint shows rows of portholes, railings, launch on davits, flag staffs, mast, lanterns, search light, horn, etc. The deck plan shows three levels. The main deck shows the dining saloon, living room, smoking room, pantry, etc. Below deck are multiple state rooms, bathrooms, dressing rooms, crew’s quarters, etc. The top deck has three launches on davits, stack, vents, pilot house, captain’s cabin, etc. This was an extraordinary yacht of her day.

To find a pair of blueprints in this condition is quite unusual. This was a mega yacht of the day. See history below.

Arthur E Wheeler was a prominent Wall Street banker,who despite the Wall Street crash of 1929, had two Acanias built. Acania I was constructed in 1929 by Pusey & Jones in WilmingtonDelaware and this Acania was built in 1930. We have concluded from the short period of ownership of Acania I that Acania II may have been indeed built for the rumored silent owner, Al Capone. The rumor has persistently followed Acania II thought out her history and along with the secret bar the many hidden and disguised lockers and the unusual coating on the water tank with out of place piping masquerading as tank vents and fill pipes give good reason maybe not to doubt the silent ownership. From 1934 until 1947, she was owned by Charles R. Walgreen of the Walgreen pharmacy family. During the Walgreen ownership, Acania was commissioned by the USA Navy for WW II and used as a experimental submarine echo finder. She was also reportedly used on several occasions by President Roosevelt for war meetings. In 1947, under the new owner Clifford Mooers, Acania left the USA bound for Canada, where she stayed until her return to the USA in 1957. She was not re-registered by the USCG until 1987. Little is known of her ownership between these dates. From 1988 until 1991, she was used by various charter companies on the east coast. In 1995, Mr. Miles Davis purchased Acania in Miami from a scrap yard. Needless to say, without Mr. Davis, Acania might have been gone forever--a lost piece of maritime history. Star Fjord, as she was named during Miles Davis’ ownership, spent her previous 13 years here in the Bay Area in San Francisco, the delta, Oakland and Richmond. It was through a chance meeting with Miles Davis that Acania’s current owner was able to purchase her for a long awaited restoration.

Weight: 11 LBS ‘EA’ Overall Dimensions: 26” H x 43” L ‘EA’ Made: America Material: Paper Date: 1928

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38.4m  /  126' | pusey & jones | 1929 / 1991.

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The 38.4m/126' classic yacht 'Marie' (ex. Murdona) was built by Pusey & Jones at their Wilmington shipyard. This luxury vessel's exterior design is the work of John H. Wells, Inc. and she was last refitted in 1991.

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Marie has been designed to comfortably accommodate up to 16 guests in 8 suites. She is also capable of carrying up to 6 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience.

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Marie is built with a steel hull and steel superstructure, with teak decks. Marie comfortably cruises at 10 knots, reaches a maximum speed of 11 knots with a range of up to 6,500 nautical miles from her 47,312 litre fuel tanks at 10 knots. Her water tanks store around 10,219 Litres of fresh water.

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Lanette Mayes

Written by Lanette Mayes

Modified & Updated: 17 May 2024

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Elektrostal is a vibrant city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia. With a rich history, stunning architecture, and a thriving community, Elektrostal is a city that has much to offer. Whether you are a history buff, nature enthusiast, or simply curious about different cultures, Elektrostal is sure to captivate you.

This article will provide you with 40 fascinating facts about Elektrostal, giving you a better understanding of why this city is worth exploring. From its origins as an industrial hub to its modern-day charm, we will delve into the various aspects that make Elektrostal a unique and must-visit destination.

So, join us as we uncover the hidden treasures of Elektrostal and discover what makes this city a true gem in the heart of Russia.

Key Takeaways:

  • Elektrostal, known as the “Motor City of Russia,” is a vibrant and growing city with a rich industrial history, offering diverse cultural experiences and a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.
  • With its convenient location near Moscow, Elektrostal provides a picturesque landscape, vibrant nightlife, and a range of recreational activities, making it an ideal destination for residents and visitors alike.

Known as the “Motor City of Russia.”

Elektrostal, a city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia, earned the nickname “Motor City” due to its significant involvement in the automotive industry.

Home to the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Elektrostal is renowned for its metallurgical plant, which has been producing high-quality steel and alloys since its establishment in 1916.

Boasts a rich industrial heritage.

Elektrostal has a long history of industrial development, contributing to the growth and progress of the region.

Founded in 1916.

The city of Elektrostal was founded in 1916 as a result of the construction of the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Located approximately 50 kilometers east of Moscow.

Elektrostal is situated in close proximity to the Russian capital, making it easily accessible for both residents and visitors.

Known for its vibrant cultural scene.

Elektrostal is home to several cultural institutions, including museums, theaters, and art galleries that showcase the city’s rich artistic heritage.

A popular destination for nature lovers.

Surrounded by picturesque landscapes and forests, Elektrostal offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and birdwatching.

Hosts the annual Elektrostal City Day celebrations.

Every year, Elektrostal organizes festive events and activities to celebrate its founding, bringing together residents and visitors in a spirit of unity and joy.

Has a population of approximately 160,000 people.

Elektrostal is home to a diverse and vibrant community of around 160,000 residents, contributing to its dynamic atmosphere.

Boasts excellent education facilities.

The city is known for its well-established educational institutions, providing quality education to students of all ages.

A center for scientific research and innovation.

Elektrostal serves as an important hub for scientific research, particularly in the fields of metallurgy, materials science, and engineering.

Surrounded by picturesque lakes.

The city is blessed with numerous beautiful lakes, offering scenic views and recreational opportunities for locals and visitors alike.

Well-connected transportation system.

Elektrostal benefits from an efficient transportation network, including highways, railways, and public transportation options, ensuring convenient travel within and beyond the city.

Famous for its traditional Russian cuisine.

Food enthusiasts can indulge in authentic Russian dishes at numerous restaurants and cafes scattered throughout Elektrostal.

Home to notable architectural landmarks.

Elektrostal boasts impressive architecture, including the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord and the Elektrostal Palace of Culture.

Offers a wide range of recreational facilities.

Residents and visitors can enjoy various recreational activities, such as sports complexes, swimming pools, and fitness centers, enhancing the overall quality of life.

Provides a high standard of healthcare.

Elektrostal is equipped with modern medical facilities, ensuring residents have access to quality healthcare services.

Home to the Elektrostal History Museum.

The Elektrostal History Museum showcases the city’s fascinating past through exhibitions and displays.

A hub for sports enthusiasts.

Elektrostal is passionate about sports, with numerous stadiums, arenas, and sports clubs offering opportunities for athletes and spectators.

Celebrates diverse cultural festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal hosts a variety of cultural festivals, celebrating different ethnicities, traditions, and art forms.

Electric power played a significant role in its early development.

Elektrostal owes its name and initial growth to the establishment of electric power stations and the utilization of electricity in the industrial sector.

Boasts a thriving economy.

The city’s strong industrial base, coupled with its strategic location near Moscow, has contributed to Elektrostal’s prosperous economic status.

Houses the Elektrostal Drama Theater.

The Elektrostal Drama Theater is a cultural centerpiece, attracting theater enthusiasts from far and wide.

Popular destination for winter sports.

Elektrostal’s proximity to ski resorts and winter sport facilities makes it a favorite destination for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities.

Promotes environmental sustainability.

Elektrostal prioritizes environmental protection and sustainability, implementing initiatives to reduce pollution and preserve natural resources.

Home to renowned educational institutions.

Elektrostal is known for its prestigious schools and universities, offering a wide range of academic programs to students.

Committed to cultural preservation.

The city values its cultural heritage and takes active steps to preserve and promote traditional customs, crafts, and arts.

Hosts an annual International Film Festival.

The Elektrostal International Film Festival attracts filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts from around the world, showcasing a diverse range of films.

Encourages entrepreneurship and innovation.

Elektrostal supports aspiring entrepreneurs and fosters a culture of innovation, providing opportunities for startups and business development.

Offers a range of housing options.

Elektrostal provides diverse housing options, including apartments, houses, and residential complexes, catering to different lifestyles and budgets.

Home to notable sports teams.

Elektrostal is proud of its sports legacy, with several successful sports teams competing at regional and national levels.

Boasts a vibrant nightlife scene.

Residents and visitors can enjoy a lively nightlife in Elektrostal, with numerous bars, clubs, and entertainment venues.

Promotes cultural exchange and international relations.

Elektrostal actively engages in international partnerships, cultural exchanges, and diplomatic collaborations to foster global connections.

Surrounded by beautiful nature reserves.

Nearby nature reserves, such as the Barybino Forest and Luchinskoye Lake, offer opportunities for nature enthusiasts to explore and appreciate the region’s biodiversity.

Commemorates historical events.

The city pays tribute to significant historical events through memorials, monuments, and exhibitions, ensuring the preservation of collective memory.

Promotes sports and youth development.

Elektrostal invests in sports infrastructure and programs to encourage youth participation, health, and physical fitness.

Hosts annual cultural and artistic festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal celebrates its cultural diversity through festivals dedicated to music, dance, art, and theater.

Provides a picturesque landscape for photography enthusiasts.

The city’s scenic beauty, architectural landmarks, and natural surroundings make it a paradise for photographers.

Connects to Moscow via a direct train line.

The convenient train connection between Elektrostal and Moscow makes commuting between the two cities effortless.

A city with a bright future.

Elektrostal continues to grow and develop, aiming to become a model city in terms of infrastructure, sustainability, and quality of life for its residents.

In conclusion, Elektrostal is a fascinating city with a rich history and a vibrant present. From its origins as a center of steel production to its modern-day status as a hub for education and industry, Elektrostal has plenty to offer both residents and visitors. With its beautiful parks, cultural attractions, and proximity to Moscow, there is no shortage of things to see and do in this dynamic city. Whether you’re interested in exploring its historical landmarks, enjoying outdoor activities, or immersing yourself in the local culture, Elektrostal has something for everyone. So, next time you find yourself in the Moscow region, don’t miss the opportunity to discover the hidden gems of Elektrostal.

Q: What is the population of Elektrostal?

A: As of the latest data, the population of Elektrostal is approximately XXXX.

Q: How far is Elektrostal from Moscow?

A: Elektrostal is located approximately XX kilometers away from Moscow.

Q: Are there any famous landmarks in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to several notable landmarks, including XXXX and XXXX.

Q: What industries are prominent in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal is known for its steel production industry and is also a center for engineering and manufacturing.

Q: Are there any universities or educational institutions in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to XXXX University and several other educational institutions.

Q: What are some popular outdoor activities in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal offers several outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling, and picnicking in its beautiful parks.

Q: Is Elektrostal well-connected in terms of transportation?

A: Yes, Elektrostal has good transportation links, including trains and buses, making it easily accessible from nearby cities.

Q: Are there any annual events or festivals in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, including XXXX and XXXX.

Elektrostal's fascinating history, vibrant culture, and promising future make it a city worth exploring. For more captivating facts about cities around the world, discover the unique characteristics that define each city . Uncover the hidden gems of Moscow Oblast through our in-depth look at Kolomna. Lastly, dive into the rich industrial heritage of Teesside, a thriving industrial center with its own story to tell.

The Unique Burial of a Child of Early Scythian Time at the Cemetery of Saryg-Bulun (Tuva)

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In 1988, the Tuvan Archaeological Expedition (led by M. E. Kilunovskaya and V. A. Semenov) discovered a unique burial of the early Iron Age at Saryg-Bulun in Central Tuva. There are two burial mounds of the Aldy-Bel culture dated by 7th century BC. Within the barrows, which adjoined one another, forming a figure-of-eight, there were discovered 7 burials, from which a representative collection of artifacts was recovered. Burial 5 was the most unique, it was found in a coffin made of a larch trunk, with a tightly closed lid. Due to the preservative properties of larch and lack of air access, the coffin contained a well-preserved mummy of a child with an accompanying set of grave goods. The interred individual retained the skin on his face and had a leather headdress painted with red pigment and a coat, sewn from jerboa fur. The coat was belted with a leather belt with bronze ornaments and buckles. Besides that, a leather quiver with arrows with the shafts decorated with painted ornaments, fully preserved battle pick and a bow were buried in the coffin. Unexpectedly, the full-genomic analysis, showed that the individual was female. This fact opens a new aspect in the study of the social history of the Scythian society and perhaps brings us back to the myth of the Amazons, discussed by Herodotus. Of course, this discovery is unique in its preservation for the Scythian culture of Tuva and requires careful study and conservation.

Keywords: Tuva, Early Iron Age, early Scythian period, Aldy-Bel culture, barrow, burial in the coffin, mummy, full genome sequencing, aDNA

Information about authors: Marina Kilunovskaya (Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation). Candidate of Historical Sciences. Institute for the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Dvortsovaya Emb., 18, Saint Petersburg, 191186, Russian Federation E-mail: [email protected] Vladimir Semenov (Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation). Candidate of Historical Sciences. Institute for the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Dvortsovaya Emb., 18, Saint Petersburg, 191186, Russian Federation E-mail: [email protected] Varvara Busova  (Moscow, Russian Federation).  (Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation). Institute for the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  Dvortsovaya Emb., 18, Saint Petersburg, 191186, Russian Federation E-mail:  [email protected] Kharis Mustafin  (Moscow, Russian Federation). Candidate of Technical Sciences. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.  Institutsky Lane, 9, Dolgoprudny, 141701, Moscow Oblast, Russian Federation E-mail:  [email protected] Irina Alborova  (Moscow, Russian Federation). Candidate of Biological Sciences. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.  Institutsky Lane, 9, Dolgoprudny, 141701, Moscow Oblast, Russian Federation E-mail:  [email protected] Alina Matzvai  (Moscow, Russian Federation). Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.  Institutsky Lane, 9, Dolgoprudny, 141701, Moscow Oblast, Russian Federation E-mail:  [email protected]

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Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery and Museum

Zvenigorod's most famous sight is the Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery, which was founded in 1398 by the monk Savva from the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra, at the invitation and with the support of Prince Yury Dmitrievich of Zvenigorod. Savva was later canonised as St Sabbas (Savva) of Storozhev. The monastery late flourished under the reign of Tsar Alexis, who chose the monastery as his family church and often went on pilgrimage there and made lots of donations to it. Most of the monastery’s buildings date from this time. The monastery is heavily fortified with thick walls and six towers, the most impressive of which is the Krasny Tower which also serves as the eastern entrance. The monastery was closed in 1918 and only reopened in 1995. In 1998 Patriarch Alexius II took part in a service to return the relics of St Sabbas to the monastery. Today the monastery has the status of a stauropegic monastery, which is second in status to a lavra. In addition to being a working monastery, it also holds the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum.

Belfry and Neighbouring Churches

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Located near the main entrance is the monastery's belfry which is perhaps the calling card of the monastery due to its uniqueness. It was built in the 1650s and the St Sergius of Radonezh’s Church was opened on the middle tier in the mid-17th century, although it was originally dedicated to the Trinity. The belfry's 35-tonne Great Bladgovestny Bell fell in 1941 and was only restored and returned in 2003. Attached to the belfry is a large refectory and the Transfiguration Church, both of which were built on the orders of Tsar Alexis in the 1650s.  

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To the left of the belfry is another, smaller, refectory which is attached to the Trinity Gate-Church, which was also constructed in the 1650s on the orders of Tsar Alexis who made it his own family church. The church is elaborately decorated with colourful trims and underneath the archway is a beautiful 19th century fresco.

Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is the oldest building in the monastery and among the oldest buildings in the Moscow Region. It was built between 1404 and 1405 during the lifetime of St Sabbas and using the funds of Prince Yury of Zvenigorod. The white-stone cathedral is a standard four-pillar design with a single golden dome. After the death of St Sabbas he was interred in the cathedral and a new altar dedicated to him was added.

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Under the reign of Tsar Alexis the cathedral was decorated with frescoes by Stepan Ryazanets, some of which remain today. Tsar Alexis also presented the cathedral with a five-tier iconostasis, the top row of icons have been preserved.

Tsaritsa's Chambers

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is located between the Tsaritsa's Chambers of the left and the Palace of Tsar Alexis on the right. The Tsaritsa's Chambers were built in the mid-17th century for the wife of Tsar Alexey - Tsaritsa Maria Ilinichna Miloskavskaya. The design of the building is influenced by the ancient Russian architectural style. Is prettier than the Tsar's chambers opposite, being red in colour with elaborately decorated window frames and entrance.

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At present the Tsaritsa's Chambers houses the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum. Among its displays is an accurate recreation of the interior of a noble lady's chambers including furniture, decorations and a decorated tiled oven, and an exhibition on the history of Zvenigorod and the monastery.

Palace of Tsar Alexis

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The Palace of Tsar Alexis was built in the 1650s and is now one of the best surviving examples of non-religious architecture of that era. It was built especially for Tsar Alexis who often visited the monastery on religious pilgrimages. Its most striking feature is its pretty row of nine chimney spouts which resemble towers.

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