Everyone started talking about a miracle in the Ukrainian city of Herson the other day. The portrait of admiral Makarov that was hanging at the oldest educational institution of the city started “crying.” The portrait was hanging in one of the main buildings of the nautical school and it attracted everyone’s attention – both students, professors, citizens and so on.
It just so happened that everyone got interested in the biography of the naval commander. This name, Stepan Makarov, is inseparably linked with the history of the Russian naval development. Vice Admiral Makarov was the most talented representative of the Russian navy during the second half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries. His military activity and research works in the field of navy exerted considerable influence on the development of the home and foreign naval theory. Makarov was first and foremost famous for his accomplishments during the war between Russia and Turkey of 1977-1878. He contributed greatly to the development of the art of mining and army operations at sea, Makarov was the first, who started applying self-propelled mines. The vice admiral is the founder of the development of Russian ice-breakers, he proved himself as a scientist of geography, an innovator in ship-building, the founder of the theory about unsinkable ships.
The woman, who was in charge of the museum of the nautical school, was the first to notice the unusual phenomenon on the portrait of the admiral. At first she thought that guys were making fun of her and wiped the painting. However, she saw a tear several minutes after that. sailors gathered in the art gallery in the evening. They say that the tear dropped of the admiral’s beard. Since sailors are rather superstitious people, they started thinking on the explanation of the phenomenon and even rushed to invite priests.
No one can explain the miracle of Herson so far. However, one should not forget the main saying that admiral used to repeat over the over again: “Don’t forget the war!” this motto has always been valuable in the navy, because Makarov interpreted it as the necessity to constantly train and teach the personnel the things that they might need at war. Makarov insisted that ships should be built and equipped on the assumption of the war requirements.
Who knows, maybe Makarov’s tears was like a warning to the humanity of the victims in the undeclared terrorist war? Maybe it was the reminder not to forget the lessons of the past, especially now, on the threshold of the 100th anniversary of the war between Russia and Japan.
Alexander Gorobets PRAVDA.Ru Ukraine
Translated by Dmitry Sudakov