Image: Viktor Lyagushkin
The hold of the shipwreck America
In this image, a diver explores the hold of the America. In 1829, Nicholas I, Emperor of Russia from 1825 to 1855, is said to have spotted the ship in Kronstadt flying the flag of its home country. Filled with admiration, he exclaimed that he wished he had such a craft in his own fleet. To those accompanying the emperor at the time, this declaration from their sovereign was as good as an order, and they set about fulfilling his desire.