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Nakhodka Russia – Sailing – Sail Away Girl


Hello Sailors,

Nakhodka Russia and Nakhodka Bay, around which the city is organized, was discovered in 1859 by the Russian corvette Amerika, which sought shelter in the bay during a storm. In honor of this occasion, the ice-free and relatively calm bay was named Nakhodka, which in Russian means “discovery” or “lucky find”.

Until the 20th century the area around the bay remained uninhabited, with the first settlement a small fishing village founded in 1907. When the Soviet government decided to build a harbor in the area in the 1930s, a number of small settlements were founded, which were merged as a work settlement in the 1940s. On May 18, 1950, the settlement, by then with a population of about 28,000 residents, was granted town status.

In the early 1950s, Soviet authorities decided to close Vladivostok to foreign shipping and use it as the base for the Soviet Pacific Fleet. Nakhodka Russia became both the eastern terminus for passenger trains on the Trans-Siberian Railway and only port in the Russian Far East which was open to foreigners, these factors stimulating the town’s rapid growth. The city’s heyday was apparently in the 1970s and 1980s, when it was very well-cared for due to its visibility to foreigners.

Climate – Nakhodka Russia has one of the mildest climates in Primorsky Krai and in whole Asian part of Russia thanks to its southerly location and oceanic influences from the Sea of Japan. Average temperature in January is −9.3 °C (15.3 °F), in August (the warmest month) +20.6 °C (69.1 °F).

The most interesting thing to see appears to be the “pyramids”.   Nakhodka, Russia is one of the biggest ports on the Far East side of Russia just at the mouth of the Partizanskay River.  At the mouth of the river stands two hills that look like pyramids.  They are Sestra, Sister, and Brat, Brother.

Ancient towns and tombs have been found near Brat, which sadly had some of its peak blown off for the rocks.  Apparently, these ancient sites were where people from China and Korea had been coming to pray many many years earlier.

The hills are man-made and oriented to the North, West, South and East just like the pyramids of Egypt.  It still remains a mystery who built these over 1,000 feet high hills.

Definitely want to check out these pyramids!

See you on the water,

Sail Away Girl