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Taimyr Came


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Winter Has Come


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The Road Into The Ocean


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Defeated Arctic


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Guarding the Northern Border


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Visiting History


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Shot Victory


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The Storm is Coming


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In Polar Night


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Bear breakfast


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The Great Way


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Where Icebergs Are Born


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The Day of the Navy Fleet


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Cape of Desire


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The Calm After the Storm


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Before the October


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Murmansk Harbor


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Arctic Donbass


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Quiet Cove


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Litke' Icebreaker Sets Out For A Long Journey


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The Fog is Coming


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Polar Night is Coming


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First Polar Scout


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Nipped in the Ice


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Sedov's Way


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Last Birch Behind the Polar Circle


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White Rainbow


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Silence


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Meeting in Ice


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The Camp of Hydrographs


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Nipped In The Ice
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Nipped In The Ice
Engraving, Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton, P52000.400.17

This is “Persey”. Our “Persey” has become a legend like a Flying Dutchman. There is a ship with particular biography, it was first made for studying the north under the direction of Lenin – it was gathered from the cemetery of tsar’s ships, in the days when the nails had to change the soap. A porthole in our cabin was taken off from the cruiser of “numbers”. I swam on it not as a “free” artist, but as a sailor at snapper. It was the first scientific vessel, the ancestor of oceanography’s “Knights”. By taking measurements at one interval it became the hero of Kola Meridian and, by words of seamen, rubbed it through. It was built as a whaler; the ice could not crush its oval boards and squeeze to the top, in the ice it had the devil’s patience and smoked its pipe for a long time, waiting for clear water. In the days of war it carted ammunition from Murmansk to the fish peninsula, to the place where a resistant battery with three cannons, taken from the destroyer, keeping the decency for years sunk 70 alien ships…It was caught in 1943 by air raid and was thrown to the stones in Matovskiy Creek of Kola Peninsula and its mast remained to stay as a cross above the water…And in its memory there was built second, metal “Persey”. I remember us coming back in 1934 from 50th vessel. The destroyers “esmintsi” from honorable escort who met us, could not go with low speed, they circled around like orca. Big ships off port with powerful horns met the small hero, which again brought news from the depths of the Arctic for the captains of ice voyages.



Literary notes of Andrei Merkulov.
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