About Us

Плавучий маяк "Ирбенский"

Mayachny Foundation

We are a voluntary non-commercial and non-governmental organisation that cares for lighthouses and lightships. We see the tradinional aids to navigation as the cultural, technical and maritime heritage that is worth preserving. Our goal is to promote their preservation in Russia. We have experience in studying and digitizing of the archival documents, in arranging and guiding tours to the lighthouses of the Russian North-West.

We were the first to campaign for the preservation of Irbenskiy lightship that was planned to go for scrap metal. We participated in conferences and presentations, were interviewed by the major broadcasters, addressed the letters to the official bodies up to the President of Russia, authored the articles on the maritime history and let a lot of people know about the lightship that finally found a good new home our country and opened its doors for public.


This is a non-commercial web site devoted to the history of lightships, and to the preservation of Irbenskiy, the last surviving Russian lightship. You will find here many original stories, photos, videos, drawings and links about lightships and the maritime history of Russia. We are following the process of renovation of Irbenskiy lightship by the World Ocean Museum based in Kaliningrad, Russia.

If you use informarion from this site in the Internet, you are requested to put links to plavmayak.ru. Should you need the non-watermarked pictures or documents from here, let us know, we provide them free on the terms of fair use. We in our turn are keen to learn more about lightships and to present your info on this site with due references and links to the original source.

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