History of Russian Volga tanker fleet

Oil transportation in barrels by the Caspian Sea from Baku (large oil producing region of Russia) to Astrakhan started in the 70-s of the 19-th century using sailing schooners. The wooden barrels quickly became outworn, broke during transportation; there were cases of loss of ships due to breaking adrift of cargo and loss of stability. Ships equipped with oil filled boxes appeared in a short time.

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