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The Alexander Palace / Floor Plan Concept for AP Museum
« on: December 25, 2009, 01:34:09 AM »
This plan is a part of the World Monuments proposal for the Alexander Palace restoration.

1. Entrance
2. Tickets
3. Book Store - Coats in opposite room
4. Costume Gallery
5. Historical Exhibits Gallery
6. Audio-Visual Hall
7. Historical Exhibits Gallery
8. Restuarant -
 [Restrooms in basement.]

Imperial Transportation / Standart - A Model of the Yacht
« on: November 28, 2009, 03:34:50 PM »
I made this model in 1985.

This photo shows the guns at the side of the main deck.

Imperial Transportation / Polar Star - Photos
« on: November 28, 2009, 02:05:02 PM »
There is another thread on Polar Star which has plans and photos.  Here are some that may not have been posted before.

The Tsar

The Tsar's mother is seat at the left.

Imperial Transportation / Marti - ex-Standart
« on: November 28, 2009, 11:51:28 AM »
The Standart was converted to a Soviet minelayer.


Imperial Transportation / Imperial Yacht Tsarevna
« on: July 26, 2009, 04:06:28 PM »


Length: 57 meters -  or approx. 187 feet

The Imperial Yacht Tsarevna ("daughter to the Tsar") was built 1874 in England for Emperor Alexander II; this smaller, 840 ton, yacht was primarily used by his successor, Emperor Alexander III, for short trips off the coast around St. Petersburg and vacation trips to the Finnish skerries. Emperor Alexander III and his wife, Empress Maria Feodorovna (the Danish born princess Dagmar) frequently visited Finland; their rather basic cottage has survived and can be visited in Langinkoski. The Imperial couple met occassionally with the local fishermen and other local inhabitants - these were not always aware of the fact with whom they were talking. Emperor Alexander III enjoyed fishing and hunting and especially appreciated to escape the formality at the Imperial Court. The elegant yacht was decommissioned in 1917 and finally scrapped.

1899 -  onboard Tsarevna

Here we see the wood decks are overlaid with oriental carpets.

 Very elegant in its naval architecture, «Princess» was excellent in seaworthiness.  At full displacement of 840 tons of speed it was to 13.5 knots, in addition to its three-mast the yacht could carry  slanting sails.

 Artillery armament consisted of four 4-pound guns of the specimen in 1867.  In the stern was a small cabin, which housed the king's room, decorated in valuable wood. Modest imperial apartments were located in a lower deck.  The value of this  yacht was quite high - 290 thousand rubles.

 In the list of Baltic Fleet ships she is listed as «own His Imperial Highness the sovereign heir steam yacht» «Princess».  In September 1874 came from England to Kronstadt.  Soon she was sent to Sevastopol; returned «Princess» Kronshtadt in June 26, 1875.  During this cruise the yacht came to Villa Frankish and lechivshayasya in Nice, France with the Empress Maria Alexandrovna on  December 17,

After assuming the throne Emperor Alexander III in 1883 «Princess»  became a kind of personal yacht Empress Maria Feodorovna, and often went to the Finnish skerries in 1889.

Typically, these two-three-week voyages took place in late June and early July. The yacht came in Kotka, Gelsingfors, Abofiordsky bay and reached the Ekenesas.

The Hohenzollern / Imperial Yacht - "Hohenzollern"
« on: November 20, 2008, 09:38:59 PM »

News Links / Putin Kisses Boys' Stomach.  Why?
« on: July 05, 2006, 11:13:58 PM »
Last week the TV and papers were all buzzing with the event in Russia of President Putin kissing the stomach of a little boy.

Is this a Russian custom?  What meaning, if any, does it have? Does anyone know the reason he did this in public?

Imperial Claimants Post Here / Imperial Claimants Part .......6
« on: January 11, 2006, 10:35:17 PM »
Dearest Grand Duchess and aunties:

Not to worry.  Your contribution to the baby space aliens was a mere slip of a fingernail.  The rest was done by cloning.  You didn't even have to board the was done in the middle of the night whilst you slept like angels.

Of course, I had to contribute the real deal.  The space aliens would accept nothing but the authentic  potion. The ladies have no idea what we males have to endure to populate the universe....but then I did it all in the name of science.

Tsar Doug..........populating the universe by remote control ;D ;D :-* ;) ;D :D 8) 8) ;D ;D :D

To be on TV in 2007:

Professor Barry Goldsmith, whose three-part BBC series, ?Lost Palaces of the Czars? airs in 2007, is our tour leader and inside man on this exclusive look behind the scenes at the Romanov?s favorite palaces.  Professor Goldsmith, Emmy-award-winning comedy writer and holder of master?s degrees in architecture and architectural history, ushers us to off-limits sites and little-known imperial hideaways in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yalta and Kiev.

Beware of corrupt Ukrainian police! They are happy to spot foreign tourists and check up their documents and money expecting bribes (especially on the Crimean Peninsula). They may ask you to show them all the money you?ve got. Just to see if you don?t have counterfeit notes. While checking, they may try to steal some of the notes. If it doesn?t work, they always may say that the notes are counterfeit and they must confiscate them. How to avoid such unpleasant encounters? It?s easy. Don?t dress like a tourist! Do not wear sandals, shorts or a huge backpack with an internal frame. I met a group of Polish tourists who looked like this. They said the police stopped them on the street sometimes three or four times a day! Nothing like that ever happened to me. Nor to people I travelled with. But we wore neither sandals nor shorts, and our backpacks were discreet? But if such an unpleasant situation does happen to you, the best solution is to say, ?I?ve already been inspected today?. They may believe you and go away. If they don?t, you have no choice but show your passport and money to them. In more serious cases, you may try to threat them by taking out your mobile phone and saying, ?Ya zvonyu po moyemu posol?stvu (I?m calling my embassy)?. This should help.

Imperial Claimants Post Here / Imperial Claimants...Part  3
« on: August 07, 2005, 11:16:38 AM »
Dear Courtiers:

Part 3 starts today.

We're having a great time here in the land called Argentina.  The 'Estancia' wherein we are lodged is truely fit for a Tsar.

The GD Anna, Janet, Lexia, Margarita,  Pink Lady, Count Valentine are having a nice time eating three inch Pampas Steaks and salad.

The Imperitor is lurking behind a palm tree with one of the ladies of the Argentina politicos....a scandal is brewing.

Tomorrow we go to one of Argentina's great attractions and see the girl on the beach at Ipanema......the famed Copacabana Beach.  Wow, what a day that will be.  Bring some sun lotion and umbrella.

Tsar Doug .......finally able to get some winter sun in Buenos Aires with Tashkenta and Nastenka, a lady of wonderful charm and social grace a la Argentina. 8)

Tasha is locked in the kitchen making some chocolate cake with Nastenka and the chef....I just heard a huge explosion and  some smoke is filling the room. ::) :-/

Imperial Claimants Post Here / Imperial Family Claimants...Part 2
« on: July 04, 2005, 12:00:10 AM »
Dearest Courtiers:

I always am at the ready to fulfill the wishes of our dear imperial family.  The Imperitor Greg  requested that we start a Part 2.

Remember we had 'Part [1].  Then we requested a new Part  II , Roman Style and  our dear Princess Pink got all bubbly and started, of all things, Part 11.  

We all missed Part 2-10, so now we have an official Part 2.

Tsar anyone confused, Possoms? ;D :D 8) ::) ;) :-*

Imperial Transportation / Alexandria II - The Yacht - Built 1903
« on: September 27, 2004, 12:28:26 PM »
Here we can place information on this second yacht named Alexandria.  She had two smokestacks.

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