Thirty-two Russians, including eight scientists, must said more than 60,000 miles before they can return home to Leningrad, which they left in August last.
Thirty-two Russians, including eight scientists, must said more than 60,000 miles before they can return home to Leningrad, which they left in August last. They arrived in Cape Town in the three-masted schooner Zarja today.
Commanded by 27-year-old Captain Alexander Udovich, them 330 ton schooner - built in 1952 - has already sailed 29,000 miles visiting continents on both sides of the Atlantic. The shaven-beaded scientists are led by Dr. Michael Ivanov, who in clipped English explained that his team is studying the earth's magnetic fields.
Dr Ivanov sent for the only woman scientist in the team. The shy and shapely expert in electronics is Miss Natalie Rusanovana and demurred when I asked her age. Dr Ivanov muttered under his breath that she was on the right side of thirty.
Miss Rusanovana is also qualified in physics and has a sound knowledge of oceanography.
During their short visit to Ghana the scientists caught a monkey which they named Marta and keep it in a special cage up on deck. When at sea Marta has the run of the ship.
After about four days in Cape Town the Zarja will sail for Australia, and then to Mauritius, Aden, Odessa, Ceylon, India, Indonesia, China, Japan, and Vladivostock, where they hope to dock in January 1959.