Destroyer Novik was discovered

The international Finnish-Russian team discovered and identified in the Gulf of Finland one of the most legendary ships of the Russian fleet – the Novik destroyer. By the time of commissioning in 1913, it was the fastest ship on the planet. During World War I he participated practically in all naval battles in the Baltic Sea.

As a result of joint project of the Finnish search team SubZone and the Russian search team Underwater Exploration Team, the place of death of the destroyer “Novik” near Cape Juminda was discovered.

The ship lies at a depth of 75 meters in the middle of the Gulf of Finland. The hull is split in two by a mine explosion. The bow part is turned up keel, and the aft part, with main guns and superstructure on a flat keel. On the transom the name of the ship at the time of sinking – “Yakov Sverdlov” and the coat of arms of the USSR are clearly visible.

Possible place of sinking was identified by the Russian historian Mikhail Ivanov, basing on German archival materials. In the German records was data of a depth charge bombing in 1943 against certain object, which the Germans assumed being soviet submarine (later assumed as Shch-406). But as known today, Sch-406 by then already sunk near Bolshoy Tyuters island (Tytärsaari). As a result of the sonar search, carried out by Immi Wallin the head of SubZone , a wreck was found with shape similar to a destroyer with clearly visible guns on the aft deck. As a result of the dive on June 16th 2018, from the research vessel Yoldia, the team consisting of Immi Wallin, Pasi Lammi, Mikhail Ivanov, Konstantin Bogdanov and Innokenty Olkhovoy, identified the ship, found the name of “Yakov Sverdlov” and the coat of arms of the Soviet Union on the stern, examined three 102-millimeter main guns located on the aft deck, and the characteristic for the “Novik” stern superstructure with a spare steering wheel and a machine telegraph. Inspection of the breaking point was made, which showed that the legendary ship was practically torn into two parts by a mine explosion in the area of the second funnel.

A. Blinkov. Transition from Tallinn to Kronstadt.


Map of breakthrough from Tallinn (russian language)

The Novik destroyer sunk on August 28, 1941, during the Tallinn Evacuation, while being escorting cruiser “Kirov”. Cause of sinking was hitting a mine of German-Finnish minefield “Juminda”.

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