2019 marks the 140th anniversary of the establishment of the Bulgarian Navy. The National History Museum joins the celebrations with various initiatives. Part of them are a solo exhibition in the museum and a virtual presentation of photos, documents and objects from the NIM funds related to Bulgarian naval history.

The Bulgarian naval forces date back to 1879, when on August 12, the Russian liberating army left the newly created Bulgarian principality with several small steamers, steamboats and rowing boats, from which the first Bulgarian military naval unit was formed - the Danube Flotilla, in the city of Ruse .

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