Museum exhibit /Chisel from a quarry of the BelBaltLag.
The chisel for splitting stone was found in 1993 by Mariusz Wilk near a quarry on one of the islands of Lake Onega (Karelian Republic), where, in the 1930s, there was the camp section of the BelBaltLag (the camp of the White Sea- Baltic Sea Canal) . It is kept in the Museum of the Research and Information Centre “Memorial” in St Petersburg (Photo 06.10.2004). 
 
 
 
 
Authenticity
 
Registration number in museum acquisition book KP-171
 
Date of acquisitionAugust 1999
 
Types of exhibitsMuseum exhibits/Objects/
 
Thematic indexThe Camps
 
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Date and place of creationBeginning of the 1930s
 
Years and places of existence in subject-related function1930s-1940s, BelBaltLag (the camp of the White Sea- Baltic Sea Canal), a quarry on Lake Onega
 
SizeLength – 90cm; Diameter at base – 4cm.
 
Materials
 
Description of exhibitA forged chisel cylindrical in shape, with notches in its cutting edge, which is on four sides. On its upper and lower sections it has two openings at right-angles, for attaching handles.
 
State of preservationSlight traces of corrosion.
 
Detailed annotationThe chisel was used for splitting stone in the 1930s in the BelBaltLag (the camp of the White Sea- Baltic Sea Canal) quarries. Similar instruments are seen in documentary photographs of the construction of the White Sea-Baltic canal (Belomor Canal). It was probably made in the blacksmiths’ shops of the BelBaltLag. It was found in 1993 by Mariusz Wilk, a Polish journalist and traveller, on the territory of a former camp section of the BelBaltLag on one of the islands in Lake Onega. Given to the Research and Information Centre “Memorial” in St Petersburg in 1999.
 
PersonsWilk Mariusz, creator of collection
 
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Museum exhibit /Chisel from a quarry of the BelBaltLag.