Imperiia: a spatial history of the Russian EmpireMain MenuAboutDashboardsData CatalogMapStoriesGalleriesGamesWho said history was boring?Map ShelfTeach Our ContentCiting the ProjectKelly O'Neilldc20b45f1d74122ba0d654d19961d826c5a557f5The Imperiia Project // Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
12020-12-16T12:38:16-05:00Kelly O'Neilldc20b45f1d74122ba0d654d19961d826c5a557f591plain2020-12-16T12:38:16-05:00Kelly O'Neilldc20b45f1d74122ba0d654d19961d826c5a557f5The office existed as such from 1812 until 1863, when it became the Military-Topographical Section of the Main Department of the General Staff of the Russian Army.
This map was produced by the Military-Topographical Depot of the Russian Empire (lithography by A. Stepanov). The original edition was approved and published in 1860; this edition, apparently with slight corrections, was published in 1862. It shows the locations of the 59 wharves used by the Samolët Steamship Company, which operated along the Volga and Kama rivers between 1863 and 1917.
Why it Matters
The map gives the distances between wharves, which is useful to those interested in such things.
The map shows the relationship between steamship travel, railways, and roads. (See, for example, the black line marking the Volga-Don railway - which was very recently converted from horse-drawn to engine-powered rail when this map was made - from Tsaritsyn to Golubinskaya in the south.
A note on price just outside the neatline at the bottom gives us information about the accessibility (to the public) of the map.