Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s last apartment where he lived and died, and where he also wrote his last masterpiece “The Brothers Karamazov”; now a beautiful museum dedicated to the famous Russian writer. Kuznechny per. 5/2, St. Petersburg, Russia. 07/04/2015
Invented in 1754, this weird device was the creation of Alexei Konstantinovich Nartov, an engineer working for the Russian Academy of Sciences. Forty four 3 pound cannons were arranged in a circle on a cart. The cart had a special gear system where as the wheels turned, so did the turntable mechanism of the cannon. When armed, the forwardmost gun would fire, and as the cart was wheeled forward, the next cannon would turn into position and fire. The purpose of this contraption was to break up enemy columns. As Russian soldiers advanced upon the enemy, the device would continously fire solid cannon balls, grapeshot, or large grenades. While ingenious, the device was too large and heavy for practical use, and did not see much combat.
Nartov’s Battery is currently on display at the Russian Museum Artillery, Engineer, and Signal Corps, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Karl Pavlovich Bryullov - Portrait of Countess Yulia Pavlovna Samoilova,
withdrawing from a ball with Amacilia Paccini (her adopted daughter), 1842.
Oil on canvas, 249 x 176 cm.
The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.