Sunday, July 11, 2010

Russia's sailing ship heads for the Arctic

The four-mast sailing ship “Sedov” set sail from St. Petersburg on Saturday to explore the Russian continental shelf in the Arctic.
Captain Maxim Rodionov says the crew of the world’s largest sailing ship will have to cover nearly 5 thousand miles.
The “Sedov” will set course for Icelandic and Norwegian coasts and will call at Spitsbergen and Franz Josef Archipelago.
Built in 1921, the “Sedov” went down in the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest surviving sailing shop to date.

The Russian four-mast tall ship “Sedov” is about to set out from St. Petersburg on an expedition to far-away places, specifically to Iceland, Norway, the Spitsbergen archipelago and to Franz Josef Land.
The expedition is in memory of the Soviet Northern Fleet seamen who died a heroic death when defending this country’s Polar Regions during the Great Patriotic War, and also in memory of the development of theRussian Arctic continental shelf.
The barque “Sedov” was built in Germany in 1921.
It was entered into the Guinness Book of Records as the largest sailing vessel that has defied the time challenge and is still in service.

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