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Alexander Pushkin at Tilbury landing stage. Also in view :- Crescence and Sun XXI.
· Date: Sat, 16 January 16 · Views: 332
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Location photo was taken: Northfleet
Date photo was taken: 1970's
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meechingman

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Sat, 16 January 16 13:09

What a great view of that busy spot on the Thames. Typical traffic for the era - a stylish Soviet cruise ship (I always liked the lines of this class in particular), a 'Red Devil' and a Sun.
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ssflandre
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Registered: August 2010
Location: Olargues, France
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Sat, 16 January 16 14:01

Yes, the five "poet" class liners were real stunners. The black hull with its white stripe and the angled red band on the funnel beautifully accentuated the vessels' curving lines.
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northern
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Sat, 16 January 16 19:10

Great photo of a nice looking ship. Still around today as Marco Polo. The only sister of her class that never to call at Fremantle .
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NAUCLER
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Sun, 17 January 16 08:36

Interestingly the original order was for SIX sisterships. There was also a follow up design for a 202 metres long combined liner and Cruise ship class from Mathias Thesen of Wismar, however the successful passenger shipbuilding cooperation ended between Morflot and the MTW (49 units of 2 400 grt river Cruise liners, 19 ocean liners of the KALININ class and the five of IVAN FRANKO class) by some strange reason, which has never been openly published, and there were from 1972 never more any passenger ship orders to the famous Wismar shipyard - a pity. The proposed future liners offered by the skillful engineers of MTW did therefore never materialize, and Morflot instead started to buy second hand ships in the 1970's like the well known MAKSIM GOR'KIJ, the former Cunarders SHALJAPIN and SOBINOV, the brand new British built ODESSA and some others.

The "long-liver" to use a classical Russian word for a longliving old man, ALEKSANDR PUSHKIN is also, interestingly the only of the five sisters of the Authors' class which has never been in white painted hull. IVAN FRANKO was white on her sea trials (repainted black on delivery), the LERMONTOV, RUSTAVELI and SHEVTCHENKO from the 1980's as refurbished Cruise ships.
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toptotoe
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Sun, 17 January 16 12:19

Thanks for your comments and info chaps.
Regards toptotoe.
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NAUCLER
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Sun, 17 January 16 14:56

We can add that the ALEKSANDR PUSHKIN/MARCO POLO holds, with great pride, the record of having visited most countries among the world passenger fleet's ships - in 1984 it was already 114 countries, how many more there are today, I have no idea. So the new name MARCO POLO is very suitable for her especially!!
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