The USSR newspapers first wrote about organizing a Soviet expedition to Antarctic on August 23, 1955. Three months later, on November 30, 1955 everything was just ready for the maiden voyage and Ob’ diesel-electric ship put out to sea from Kaliningrad to the coldest continent. It reached its destination on January 5, 1956 with captain I.A. Mun at the controls. The ship sailed along a narrow passage between icebergs
to Farr Bay and moored to the land covered with ice. Later two other ships joined the pioneer to help in carrying out the mission. Debarcation was a real trouble, as this area was very little explored and proved to be one of the most severe and difficult sites for life and work. The expedition was headed by Michail Somov, an experienced polar explorer, oceanographer and a geographer.