Lendalfoot Ayrshire, KA26 0JF
This memorial to the Russian cruiser “Varyag” can be found in Lendalfoot not far from the place where the legendary ship sank in 1920. “Varyag” is the first monument to Russian valor across the UK.
The Varyag was built in Philadelphia for the Russian Navy, she achieved fame when she battled five Japanese cruisers at the opening of the Russo-Japanese war. When the hopelessness of the battle became apparent, she was scuttled rather than surrender her flag.
The Varyag passed from Japanese back to Russian hands and was finally seized by Britain after the collapse of the Russian government to communism. Caught in a storm just off the coast from Lendalfoot the great ship was sunk for its second and final time.