The Mongolian people are famous for many things. The country is known for its many traditional festivals, which celebrate the Mongolian culture. Sports, music and visual arts are just some of the reasons why the world looks upon Mongolia with curiosity.
However, something not many people are familiar with, is the oddity of the Mongolian Navy. During the 13th century the Mongolian Navy was known to be the largest Navy in the whole world. Up until the 1930s it completely vanished until it was reborn thanks to the Soviet Union. The Russians gave the Mongolian people one boat, the Sukhbaatar. Although the Sukhbaatar and its successor, the Sukhbaatar II, sank, the Mongolian Navy still holds possession over one boat – the Sukhbaatar III.
As of 2001 the boat remains with the Navy and it’s manned by seven men, though only one of them is known to be able to swim. It’s a pretty poor excuse of a Navy, according to many people. Nevertheless, the Sukhbaatar III provides a certain income thanks to hauling freight across the Lake Hovsgal.