Largest sailing ship “Sedov” in Murmansk | Polarjournal
After the journey through the Northeast Passage, the “Sedov” is located in the port of Murmansk, next to the first atomic icebreaker, the “Lenin” at the pier. (Photo: Anton Haas, St. Petersburg)

The world’s largest sailing ship, the “Sedov”, was sitting in Murmansk on the morning of October 19, 2020. The “Sedov” started on August 19 from Vladivostok on a trans-Arctic expedition. At the pier of Murmansk port, the sailing ship was received by the Deputy Head of the Federal Fisheries Agency Vasily Sokolov and the Governor of the region, Andrey Chibis.

The “Sedov” is a steel four-master with auxiliary motor, which was used by the former Soviet Union and today by Russia as a sailing school ship.

In Murmansk, the four-master “Sedov” stayed for a week. During this time, the cadets changed and food supplies were replenished.

The “Sedov” started on August 19 in Vladivostok, passing through the Bering Strait and then the Northeast Passage. Since its start, the ship has covered 7081 nautical miles. Under sail, the “Sedov” crossed the Chukchi Sea and part of the East Siberian Sea. On its Arctic expedition, the ship had already docked at the ports of Petropavlovsk, Egvekinot, Pevek and Sabetta. The ship is expected to be in its home port of Kaliningrad on November 15.

More about “Sedov”

The “Sedov” was launched on March 23, 1921 as “Magdalene Vinnen II” at the Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft in Kiel.

After the Second World War, the ship became British-owned in May 1945. On December 20, 1945, the “Sedov” was handed over to the Soviet Union as a reparation payment and moved to Odessa. In January 1946, it was given its current name. As a sailing school ship owned by the Soviet Ministry of Fisheries, she made her first voyage in 1951. From 1952 to 1957, the “Sedov” served as a school ship of the Soviet Navy. From 1957 to 1966 she was an oceanographic research ship in the Atlantic Ocean with cadets on board.

Between 1975 and 1981, the “Sedov” was located in the naval shipyard Kronstadt in the dry dock, where it was completely overhauled. The newly developed intermediate deck loading rooms were set up to accommodate more than 240 men.

The “Sedov” is the largest traditional sailing ship in the world.

Working on the sails requires absolute vertigo.

The length of the sailing ship is 117.5 meters, the displacement 7320 tons. The crew, including the cadets, has a maximum of 240 people. The sail area is 4,192 m2 with 33 sails. In 1991, the ship was transferred to the Murmansk State Technical University, from where from then on cadets were trained to become maritime specialties. In April 2017, the “Sedov” was handed over to the Kaliningrad State Technical University and its home port was moved from Murmansk to Kaliningrad.

Heiner Kubny, PolarJournal

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