Result list 30 April 2022

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Lotnumber: 883
ST.-PETERSBURG. Share for 250 Rbls. blue, black. No 5704. Text in Russian, German, English. Vignette of fishing equipment. Already long before the Trans-Siberian Railway was built, many entrepreneurs founded businesses in the Russian Far East. The first were the fur-hunters and traders, at the end of the 18th century. The second group of businesses were the fishermen and whalers. Off the Russian Pacific Coast were very many whales. The first whalers off the Russian coast were foreigners. The first Russian to be heavily involved in this trade was A.A. Dudumov, who in 1888, with an advance from the Tsar, had a whaling-ship built in Norway, and went hunting. He was unlucky enough to encounter a storm in 1890, and was lost without trace. Then followed the best-known and greatest entrepreneur in whaling -a young Russian officer of German extraction Heinrich Keyserling, who first learned whale-hunting in Norway, as well as the skills of processing the meat, oil and skin. In 1894, with his brother Alfred, he founded a company on the Pacific Ocean. He obtained an advance of 125,000 roubles of the Government for the first ship. By 1896 they had caught and processed 700 whales. In 1899, to expand the business, the Keyserlings founded this company, the office of which was in St. Petersburg. The turnover of the company from 1899 to 1902 was 760 million roubles, or some 30 million euros today. The products were sold mostly to Japan, rather than to distant Moscow and St. Petersburg. In 1902 the company owned a range of companies, including a sawmill, a whale-oil refinery, a soap works, a cannery, and a steam-powered iron-smelter with mechanical workshops for repairing the ships. The great success of the company would have continued but for the outbreak of the Russo-Japanese War in 1905, when unfortunately, the Keyserling whaling-ships were in the Japanese harbour of Nagasaki. The Japanese seized them, and would not give them back at the end of the war. With the end of the Keyserling company, whaling in Russia came to a very unhappy end. Whaling was only restarted in the 1930s by the Soviets, to end finally in the 1980s.
Date: 1902
Quality: EF
Startprice: € 800