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ESTONIJA visiting Antarctica

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The famous Baltic Shipping Company's (Baltijskoje Morskoje Parochodstvo, BMP) cargo-passenger ship ESTONIJA on a preliminary charter to USSR Academy of Sciences (AN SSSR) as Antarctic expedition crew and cargo ship to the Sixth Continent, as always, together with the large cargo expedtion ship OB. The ESTONIJA visited the Sixth Continent totally incredible 17 times in her carreer. Normally she worked on the Leningrad-London-Le Havre and Leningrad-Stockholm and Stockholm-Tallinn passenger lines regularly. She was sold from BMP in 1993 to interests in Novorossijsk at the Black Sea becoming their new JEKATERINA II for a new try to organize some Cruise industry in the Black Sea again.
· Date: Sun, 17 January 16 · Views: 196
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Keywords: ESTONIJA ESTONIA Antarctica Expedition ship Sixth Continent Baltic Shipping Company BMP Morflot Michail Kalinin class AN SSSR
Source of Image, If not your own: Press photo of AN SSSR
Location photo was taken: Antarctica coast
Date photo was taken: 1960's-1970's
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poseidon9
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Sun, 17 January 16 12:45

Was the original appearance of this class of 19 vessels like Estonija with open promenade decks? Later these decks were converted as cabins were made larger and the open promenade was taken away. Did they convert all the vessels? I guess Nadeshda Krupskaja (later Susan?) had her open promenade decks until the end.

That's one of the largest series of sisterships ever built as passenger vessels, if not the largest (Meyer built a large series for Indonesia from 1970s onwards and these vessels add to something like 25 units of two different sizes, if I recall correctly?).
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Sun, 17 January 16 13:30

The MICHAIL KALININ class is still considered the world's largest sea-going passenger sistership class of exactly the same dimensions. They had all open promenade decks in this manner from the beginning. The Meyer Werft built ships for Indonesian state are not all exact "twin-sisters", so to say, the have many differences and appeared in updated dimensions and arrangements - but also that Meyer class is indeed very impressing. The only difference among the KALININ-class was that the three first units: MICHAIL KALININ, FELIKS DZERZHINSKIJ and GRIGORIJ ORDZHONIKIDZE had a bit different deck opening structure on the promenade deck and her aft deck in the stern, and the four last units: NADEZHDA KRUPSKAJA, ARMENIJA, BASHKIRIJA and ADZHARIJA had a bit higher funnels and more rounded masts - these four last sisters also differed as they were single-class ships. The rebuilding of extended foreship Music Saloon and widened cabin deck, on cost of the open Promenade deck, and and extended aft with a swimming pool and a stern bar were all to allow more pleasant tourist journeys, I guess some 50% of the ships got rebuilt in that way, most of them were rebuilt around 1970-1974 in France(Marseille) and in Yugoslavia. They had very good ice class, and were said to had very good sea capability also in more rough waters. A follow up class designs were built with seven units for the Academy of Sciences of the USSR 1966-1968(AKADEMIK KURTCHATOV-class) and other four oceanographic-hydrographic sisters for the USSR Navy (ABCHAZIJA-class) in 1972-1973, one of these naval units is still "alive" (I think), all others are scrapped nowadays.
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Sun, 17 January 16 13:43

I saw these vessels on several occasions in 1970s (saw the Baltika, too) and I liked these vessels very much from outside. In 1980s I saw one of the civilian oceanographic vessels coming to a western European port and wondered that it's an oceanographic vessel (very nice looking). I never liked much, however, the Alexandr Pushkin class or the still existent Marco Polo, perhaps in overall white they might have looked better. These are of course purely aesthetical considerations about the extern appearance, I have not travelled on any of these ex-Soviet vessels.
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Mon, 18 January 16 12:44

Poseidon

I think your quite a rare person in not liking the external appearance of the former Soviet 'Poet' class of liner.

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Mon, 18 January 16 13:41

Yes, I generally like most of the 1960s ocean liners from different countries and I like also many Soviet and Russian ships both of sea fleets and riverine fleets. I like also the black hulls of the Atlantic blue ribond type of vessels. Somehow I never liked the Alexandr Pushkin and sisterships very much. Perhaps their appearance may be a little bit of "top-heavy" (purely a subjective opinion of mine). It may be that they looked better in their original Soviet appearance. Taras Schevchenko (hopefully spelled correctly) had also a white hull for a while and I think she looked much better. I have seen Marco Polo around numerous times during the last ten years and with her dark blue hull (?)... Anyway, I wasn't ever on board. Perhaps they have their qualities inside.
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Mon, 18 January 16 18:58

Built 1960 by the shipyard VEB MATHIAS-THESEN-WERFT WISMAR (Mikhail Kalinin-Class)
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