"like Peter the Great in a shipwright's yard"
Peter the Great by Alexandre Benois (1916)
Public DomainPeter the Great by Alexandre Benois (1916)

Peter the Great was Russia's Tsar in the late 17th and early 18th century. He did much to expand Russia's power in the world.

He spent time studying shipbuilding in Zaandam, Holland, and drew on the experience to build a strong Russian naval fleet.