Museum exhibit /Toy made in the DubrovLag.
A wooden model of a three-masted sailing-boat, made by the political prisoner Vladimir Nikolaevich Gaenko (born 1937) in the DubrovLag (Mordovia). When his wife, Nina Savinovna Gaenko, and daughter, Tat’iana, (born 1961), came to see him, he gave the toy boat to his daughter. The model was kept in the family; the mast, sails and rudder were lost some time after 1967. N.S. Gaenko gave the toy to the Museum of the Research and Information Centre “Memorial” in St Petersburg in 2004. (Photo 19.12.2007). 
 
 
 
 
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Registration number in museum acquisition book KP-127
 
Date of acquisition12.04.2004
 
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Thematic indexThe Camps
 
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Date and place of creationAugust 1967, Zh.Kh. 385/11 (Mordovian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, Subovo-Polianskii region, Iavas settlement)
 
SizeLength – 26cm; Width – 5.5cm; Height – 4.7cm
 
MaterialsWood
 
MaterialsVarnish
 
Description of exhibitA model of a sailing-boat, oblong and carved from a single piece of wood. In the upper part, on the deck, there are three holes 1cm in diameter – seating for the masts. There are four slots for shackles in the stern. Rectangular slots (6 x 4cm, maximum depth 2cm) are carved out of the fore part of the deck and have projections along the edges. A rectangular depression (4.2 x 4.8cm, maximum depth 1.5cm) has been carved in the aft part of the deck. The model is varnished. There is a 4cm-long crack along the bottom.
 
State of preservationThe masts, sail, rudder and screw are not with the boat. The varnish is cracked and almost worn away. There are cracks in the stern section.
 
Detailed annotationThe toy – a model of a sailing-boat – was made by Vladimir Nikolaevich Gaenko (born 1937) in August 1967, imprisoned in ZhKh 385/11 (Mordovia).
V.N. Gaenko carved the hull out of a single piece of wood, then sanded it down on a lathe in the camp furniture-workshop, where he worked. A keel made out of lead was hammered into the bottom of the boat. The sails were made of birch-bark. The rudder was cut out of tin-plate from a preserves tin (these parts were subsequently lost). The father gave the toy to his daughter, Tat’iana (born 1960), when she and her mother, Nina Savinovna Gaenko, came for a visit. The model was kept at home as a souvenir of the camp. Subsequently, V.N. Gaenko’s son (born 1975) played with it. In 2004 N.S. Gaenko was about to give the toy to the son of T.V. Morgacheva, the archivist of the Museum of the Research and Information Centre “Memorial” in St Petersburg, but the latter suggested that she donate it to the Museum.
 
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Museum exhibit /Toy made in the DubrovLag.