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Mikhail Vorontsov

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Mikhail Vorontsov (19.05.1782 - 6.01.1856) - the Field-Marshal-General (1856), the Prince, an honorary member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences. During the Patriotic War of 1812 he participated in the Battle of Smolensk and during the Battle of Borodino defended Shevardinskiy redoubt. He commanded a corps of Russian occupation in France (1814-1818). In 1823-1844 - Novorossiysk and Bessarabian Governor General. In 1844-1854 - the Governor of the Russian emperor in the Caucasus.

 

While serving as a Governor-General of Novorossiysk Vorontsov has done a lot for the economic and cultural development of the region, built the first ships in the Black Sea (1828). In 1833 Vorontsov founded the "Society of the shareholders to establish permanent connection of Odesa with Constantinople through the ships". This event is considered to be the date of birth of the Black Sea Shipping Company.

 

Under Vorontsov management the port and city of Odesa has changed. In 1830-1840 were extended Quarantine and Military Moles, as well as Platonovskiy and Androsovskiy Moles were re-built.

 

Port accepted about thousand ships a year. Primorskiy Boulevard an other central streets were paved. Giant (Potemkin) Stairs and water supply system from the Big Fountain were constructed.

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