What are you dreaming of, Aurora the cruiser?..
This is a line from a very popular song of the Soviet time. It is dedicated to probably the most famous Russian ship, cruiser Aurora. Why is she so important for our history and what made her so popular?
Now she is ranked ship number one of the Russian fleet. She is a symbol, a legend, a myth and a curse. She was kept by the one she was named after. She outlived the other ships of her kind by 100 years and it looks is doomed to be immortal.
There is a tradition in Russian fleet to name new ships after the old ones that have already served their term. So the first rank cruiser Aurora was named after a vessel with the same name. According to a legend, the first ship was named either after a goddess of dawn or after a very beautiful woman.
Aurora cruiser was founded in May 1897, and she was launched In May 1900. She was the “younger sister” of cruisers “Diana” and “Pallas”. The sailors were quite skeptical about these three goddesses, as they had many construction disadvantages and broke quite often.
Aurora’s angel protected her. Firstly, it saved her during the Tsushima battle when the cruiser was undoubtedly doomed to death. Aurora was hit 18 times, 15 sailors were dead and 82 wounded.