Museum exhibit /Log crib made by prisoner-construction workers on the White Sea-Baltic Canal.
A log crib – a fragment of a construction for the reinforcing of the side-walls of the White Sea-Baltic Canal (1931-1933). It was found in 2004 on the bottom of the canal, in the area of Locks 10 and 11 during repair and restoration-work. It is on show in the permanent exhibition at the Segezha Municipal Museum Centre (Photo 19.08.2005). 
 
 
 
 
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Thematic indexThe Camps
 
Thematic indexThe Camps/
 
Thematic indexLife in Captivity/
 
Date and place of creation1930s. Medvezh’egorsk Region, Karelia
 
Years and places of existence in subject-related functionWhite Sea-Baltic Canal, Locks no.10 and 11 (Karelian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, later Karelia Republic).
 
SizeOverall size of the construction: 94 x 34cm; separate beam: 94 x 17 x 13cm.
 
MaterialsWood
 
Materials
 
Description of exhibitFragment of a log crib in the form of a framework (so-called “Russian construction”) is in the form of two short thick beams, with the two halves equipped with a lock-fastening that is cut out of the upper and lower sections; the beams are set parallel to one another. In addition, the beams are joined together by two iron bolts in the area of the fastenings. In one of the fastenings there are the remains of a transverse beam.
 
State of preservationThe upper level of the wood has darkened and part of it is cracked. The bolts are corroded.
 
Detailed annotationA log crib – a fragment of a construction for the reinforcing of the side-walls of the White Sea-Baltic Canal. It was made from beams, fasted together with metal clamps and bolts. It was made during the construction of the Canal (1931-1933). The log crib was raised from the bottom of the Canal (possibly dismantled then) during repairs to the White Sea-Baltic Canal in the area of Locks 10 and 11 in 2004, while work was being carried out on the repair and reinforcement of the side walls of the Canal and while the latter was temporarily drained. (The names of the workers have not been recorded). Since 2004, it has been in the permanent exhibition Dva lika Osudarevoi dorogi” [“Two Faces of the Osudareva Road”] in the Segezha Municipal Museum Centre.
 
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Museum exhibit /Log crib made by prisoner-construction workers on the White Sea-Baltic Canal.