25 Gate to Arctic: “Lenin” Nuclear Icebreaker

Gate to Arctic: “Lenin” Nuclear Icebreaker

Posted on August 25, 2010 by team


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Today you have a unique chance to have an excursion inside a nuclear icebreaker “Lenin”.


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Part of the forebody

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It has been working non-stop for 30 years with a little break in 1967.

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Atomic powered vessel is the first surface shi with a nuclear powered-plant. It went to sea for the first time on 3rd December, 1959.

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Waiting for the excursion

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Here we go aboard!

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An elegant anteroom

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Coining used to be the popular kind of decoration

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Stylish stairs leading to the pilot room and the captain saloon.

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Here’s a corridor along the bow side.

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Cabins of the crew

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The excursion begins with some instruction held in the canteen of the crew.

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The decoration style is unmistakable – minimalism of the 60s.  No Empire ruching.

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During the excursion people can see only 1/20 of all the rooms. These rooms are marked in red. The icebreaker is too large.

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On the way to the machine space.

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Inside the machine space.

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Lots of valves and piping.

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Steam generator lower section of the machine space.

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Panel aesthetics of the 1950s

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The interior of the 3rd upper floor of the steam generator section

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The holy of holies: power system command station. From here they control reactors, steam generators, main motors and auxiliary power equipment.

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It looks rather modern even today

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Parameters status screen of reactor №2

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Some industrial aesthetics

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Black-buttons symphony

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Outpatient clinic of the icebreaker

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Medical devices of the 1970s

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Minimalistic clock

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On the way to the apparatus room

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The side door on the way …

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The apparatus room itself

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The ladders of the icebreaker are rather steep, we doubt if that man on crutches could go downstairs here.

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Viewing at Murmansk city from the control cabin

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Inside the control cabin

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It’s rather spacious and devices here are both from the 1980s and of the earlier times. Navigation equipment was often renewed.

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Ship’s numbers and main parameters of the icebreaker

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Engine telegraph

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Intercommunication devices

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A table for maps

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This device has an interesting name: “dinazavrik” – a little dinosaur.

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The device of 1957

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VHF communicator control panel

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The device measuring depth

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General view of the control cabin

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Radio cabin

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General view

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Some devices

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A picture of marchal Zhukov

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Entering the captain saloon

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The icebreaker was considered to be the symbol of Soviet Union, it was visited by lots of outstanding people: Charles de Gaulle, Fidel Castro, Harold Macmillan, Che Guevara, Josip Broz Tito, Richard Nixon, Indira Gandhi and many others.

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Wonderful ladders

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A messroom and a musical hall – 2 in 1

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Another minimalistic clock

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Sculpture of Lenin on the stage of the messroom

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Watch bill

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“Presence board” at the exit

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25 Responses to “Gate to Arctic: “Lenin” Nuclear Icebreaker”

  1. Unknown says:

    A modern Titanic.

  2. NastyNate says:

    1ST….. cool boat though

  3. ilpalazzo says:

    Very impressive! I love the estetics. One could just muster on the ship and trip to the days of yore…

  4. whodareswins says:

    Why would a man on crutches even want to go down those steps?

  5. Chololo says:

    The interiors remind me of Mexican buildings built in the 60’s too. I like that kind of minimalistic aesthetics

  6. George Johnson says:

    That is an impressive ship. Kinda funny though. They have a working, and apparently good, nuclear power power system on this ship. Yet they seem to have missed it on their submarines. They didn’t get those right until later. Makes me think they were done separately.

  7. Chico says:

    Very nice. rather posh interior. love it.

  8. Aaron says:

    Check your facts, the first nuclear powered surface ship was USS Long Beach CGN-9 set sail in July of ’59…full six months before ol’ Vlad here.

  9. Q says:

    Amazing pics, I love the interior! It reminds me of the good old times…

  10. teo says:

    Lenin is a Soviet icebreaker launched in 1957, and is both the world’s first nuclear powered surface ship and the first nuclear powered civilian vessel. Lenin was put into operation in 1959 and officially decommissioned in 1989. :)))))))

  11. Sense sir me says:

    Quite the feat!

  12. SovMarxist1924 says:

    “Study as Lenin studied!” (Pic 66)

  13. are you kidding says:

    Think of the people who were getting radiated by obsolete technology for 30 years .

    • eger_666 says:

      The technology is pretty good, and it’s, enough to be not radiated.
      I notice that always write negative posts here.
      You have problems, nobody loves you? xD

  14. Jack says:

    Hi guys – I work in the British Pathe film archive.

    I see that a Polish website discussing this topic is watching one of our videos ‘ICEBREAKER’ -http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=60116 A video of the Atomic Ice Breaker in Leningrad.

    It’s great footage of this ship when it was launched.

    Thanks,
    Jack

  15. z-man says:

    Yep, apparently Russians invented and HDTV too, which is found in the captinan saloon! An impressive boat though!!!

  16. Greek says:

    intresting ship

  17. richard says:

    Awesome,great to see her preserved so well.

  18. Wolf Schneider says:

    „The device measuring depth” is the control desk of the R-619 radio station in fact.

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