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Russian Flax/Hemp Bale Seals

 

Kronshtadt was the Port for St Petersburg

Kronstadt was founded by Peter the Great, whose Imperial Russian forces took the island of Kotlin from the Swedes during the Great Northern War in 1703. The first fortifications were inaugurated on 18 May 1704.

There was a shallow 8' to 9' depth barrier on the Neva river up to St Petersburg so large vessels were loaded and unloaded at Kronstadt (St Petersburg Port) and then shipped up the river on a light draught barge. It is important to note that although the hemp seals have SPB on them this does not mean the seals were shipped from St Petersburg as the ports of Konigsberg, Kronstadt, Libnau, Memel, Narva, Pernau, Revel, Riga, Tilsit, Windau and St Petersburg all used SPB as an indication of a hemp seal before the year 1829. And they all used NP for flax.   Kronstadt also had its own seal with a crossed anchor and grappnel  which could well have been a Customs Tax or Military Seal for the Fortress but also indicated it was a sea and river port.

The island city and naval base Kronstadt makes an interesting day trip from Saint Petersburg. It is home to an impressive but neglected Naval Cathedral and was closed to all foreign travellers until the late 90's.

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OBVERSE  click thumbnail

REVERSE click thumbnail

On the basis of his knowledge of one seal having a C to the right of an anchor

.. John Sullivan attributed (228) PM02 seal to St Petersburg or the Province

.. the "C" not the Anchor... we have found more since with K for Kronstadt

(228)

PM02

no photo

?H = ?N

ИB:COMPOB

(IV.SOMROV)

no photo

anchor C

( anchor S )

John Sullivan

(228) PM02
(hemp)

IDS

499

K = Kronstadt

ИB:COMPOBA

(IV.SOMROVA)

I I anchor C

(I I  anchor S )

PAS YORYM-E404E6

IDS

1587

K = Kronstadt

ИB:COMPOBA

(IV.SOMROVA)

I I anchor C

(I I anchor S )

Kirkcaldy, Fife

           

IDS
809

KPOHШTAT

(KRONSHTAT)

crossed anchor/grapnel

(XШT) 18??

unreadable

Thames

foreshore

KX

01

KPOHШTДT

(KRONSHTDT)

crossed anchor/grapnel

1779

unreadable

Torpoint

    there are other letters on the obverse which are unreadable 

KX

02

 НОВГOPOДCKOИ

(NOVGORODSKOI)

crossed anchor/grapnel 1780

 Christian anchor base

unreadable

Torpoint

  Novgorodskoi is a trading region upstream of St Petersburg. The crescent shape symbol is the bottom of an anchor ..wherein the Christians anchored their faith in Jesus Christ.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 КРЖД Kronstadt Fortress Railway is the railway network that existed on the island of Kotlin from the 1860s until the end of the 20th century and performed transport functions on the territory of the Kronstadt fortress. Railroad tracks on the island appeared in the 1860s. There was a very strange feature: the Port and the factory warehouses were different gauge from 600 mm to 1250 mm between the forts.  Originally the railway track was narrow gauge with trolleys moved manually.  Since 1891, at the city port there was a narrow gauge railway length of 26 kilometres. The Fortress RailRoad had a length of 16.5 kilometres with four stations and four locomotives.

  By 1917, there were 11 stations on both roads.

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 КРЖД belt buckle  Кронштадская крепостная

RailRoad inside the city by Northern Barracks

 

 

 

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