The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire

Samolet (Samolyot) Steamship Company

The Samolet (Samolyot, Самолет) Steamship Company was founded in 1853 and operated on the Volga and Oka rivers and along the Caspian Sea. In 1914 the company had 42 steamships, none terribly remarkable for their comforts.

The ships sailing between Tver and Ruibinsk were named for composers; between Ruibinsk and Nizhni-Novgorod were named for Russian princes; and those plying the waters down to Astrakhan bore the surnames of writers such as Lermontov and Goncharov.

Consult a map of the Samolet Steamship Company wharves along the Volga and Kama rivers

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