The icebreaker was made in Britain by the company “Armstrong and Witworth” in 1916 by the drawings of vice-admiral Makarov and under the supervision of Russian Maritime ministry. Originally it got the name “Svyatogor” and up to the middle of 1950s this icebreaker was considered to be the most powerful one in the world. She amazed contemporaries by her technical structure and perfection. She had three decks and displacement of 10000 tons. She was 99,8m long and 21m wide. Steam machines’ capacity was about 10000 horse-powers. “Svyatogor” could develop the speed up to 12 bends and overcame ice reaching up to 5m thick. She worked in the Arctic fleet for more than 50 years because of all these characteristics.
In 1918-19 the icebreaker was scuttled by the Royal Navy. It was used in the White Sea and later went to Scapa Flow to sweep the mines. “Svyatogorsk came back to the USSR after Krassin trade agreement in 1921 and in 1927 it was called after one of the communist leaders and diplomats – Leonid Krasin.
In 1928 she rescued General Umberto Nobile and the crew of his airship “Italia” that crashed on the ice. In the same year later the German ship Monte Cervantes hit an iceberg, after that 1835 passengers of it were also rescued by Krasin. The icebreaker became the first ship to reach Novaya Zemlya in 1933. From 1941 till 1945 Krasin was the part of many Soviet convoys.
In 1960 an extensive restoration of Krasin was finished in Germany and she worked in the Arctic Northern Sea Route. Krasin participated in a lot in expeditions in the Polar Ocean and Soviet cargo convoys were led by her in that region. Later it was used as the Arctic scientific ship. After working for International Fund for the History of Science Krasin was registered at our city where it is docked now as a museum. Comparing to other icebreakers that were destroyed, Krasin was repaired and now she is in operating condition. We are offering you this St Petersburg tour for your St Petersburg vacation. Book more than one tour with us to get a great discount!
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