• Short Summary

    At Leningrad - on the river Neva near the spot where 42 years ago the Baltic cruiser "Aurora" helped in the Bolshevist revolution by bombarding the city's Winter Palace - Russia's atomic icebreaker "Lenin" prepared for her maiden voyage into the Baltic Sea September 15.

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    At Leningrad - on the river Neva near the spot where 42 years ago the Baltic cruiser "Aurora" helped in the Bolshevist revolution by bombarding the city's Winter Palace - Russia's atomic icebreaker "Lenin" prepared for her maiden voyage into the Baltic Sea September 15.

    The world's first atom-powered surface ship, designed by Vladimir Cheryakev, will keep open the north-east trade route round the north Siberian coastline, providing an 11,000-mile link between the seaports of Murmansk and Vladivostok. The route is at present open only for 10 weeks a year.

    Powered by three nuclear reactors producing 44,000 HP through four turbo-generators, the "Lenin" has been fitted out and submitted to stringent trials since her launching in December 1957. Her maximum speed will be 18 knots, and according to official reports she will be able to plough through ice up to eight feet thick at a steady speed of two knots. If she gets baulked, powerful pumps will send up to 4,000 tops of water an hour to tanks in her bow - enough to break through any ice barrier.

    It is claimed that she can carry enough fuel to cruise for several years without touching port. Her navigation room is equipped with television to show what is happening in other parts of the ship. He luminous instruments are allowed on board, to keep radiation in the ship at a strict level.

    The "Lenin" is commanded by Captain Pavel Ponomaryov, who has been in charge of the Arctic icebreakers "Krassin" and "Stalin".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6BDMMIQL8TZ5C5GAWNZZX7QHD
    Media URN:
    VLVA6BDMMIQL8TZ5C5GAWNZZX7QHD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/09/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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