Russia » White Sea-Baltic Sea-Canal | Russia
The canal of Stalin
White Sea-Baltic Sea-Canal | Russia: Characteristics & Overview
Rating of waterway
|Degree of difficulty:||Demanding|
|Requirements:||Boating license essential|
|Character of waterway:||no rating|
|Profile of waterway:||Main waterway|
|Facilities groundside:||Not sufficiant|
Waterway has access to:Volga River | Russia
Wolkow River | Russia
White Sea-Baltic Sea-Waterway
connects the White Sea at Beomorsk with Onega see, on this, one gets over River Swir to Lagoda see and from there by River Neva to Saint Petersburg and therewith the Baltic Sea.
This link was built between 1931 and 1933 only by forced laborers on the behest of Stalin and under inexpressible conditions. Anne Apllebaum speaks of 170'000 detainees engaged in the works and of 25'000 killed. According to Alexander Solschenizyn 350'000 were engaged and 250'000 killed....
It's also today almost impossible to get on Russian waters with private yachts but one has at least the possibility to visit River Newa and River Swir as well as Onega and Lagoda see on board of cruising ships.