Grand-daughter of one of the Czar Nicolas II soldiers, who touched the ark and went inside after Nicolas sent two engineering companies to Ararat in 1916, just before the Russian revolution, sends letter to publication "Science and Religion" journal (1994) confirming the event. This was done after the Czar received a report from two aviators who were observing Turkish troop movements and flew over Ararat at 14, and the report of Lt. Roskovitski is given here published in New Eden Magazine (California) 1939:
In the summer of 1916, during the thaw, Lieutenant Roskovitsky of the Russian Imperial Air Force noticed a half-frozen lake on the shelf or gully on the side of Mount Ararat while flying high-altitude test to observe Turkish troop movements. As they flew nearer to the lake, he saw a half submerged hull of some sort of ship. He noticed two stubby masts and a flat catwalk along the top. The following excerpts were taken from Berlitz.In Roskovitsky's words (from the New Eden Magazine, California, 1939): "We flew down as close as safety permitted and took several circles around it. We were surprised when we got close to it, at the immense size of the thing, for it was as long as a city block, and would compare very favorably in size to the modern battleships of today.... "The captain forwarded a report back to St. Petersburg resulting in orders from the Tsar to send two engineering companies up the mountain. One group of fifty men attacked one side, and the other group of one hundred men attacked the big mountain from the other side... "The investigation officers sent photographs and reports by courier back to Petrograd, to the personal attention of the Tsar
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