Icebreaker ‘Krasin’ is a museum that could be visited during the Festival of Modern art held in a traditional museum. It enables visitors to come through the live history and feel the real romance of Polar research works.
The icebreaker symbolizes a whole epoch in the history of Russia. The place is very popular both among the guests of Saint-Petersburg and its native citizens.
In the beginning of the 20th century Russia was a leading country that developed the Polar Ocean with the help of linear ice-breakers. Russian ships ‘Ermak’ and ‘Svyatogor’ were the strongest ice-breakers in the world. Ship ‘Svyatogor’ that was renamed into ‘Krasin’ later is the second Polar ice-breaker in Russia with the most perfect construction.
Existence of the ship is closely related to the history of Russia.
The ship was sunk in 1918 to prevent invaders from reaching Arkhangelsk. The Englishmen raised the ship from the sea bottom and used it till 1921 when it was bought out by the Soviet Russia.
The ‘Svyatogor’ was renamed into ‘Krasin’ in 1927.
The powerful icebreaker took part in the rescue operation to save the Italian polar expedition led by Umberto Nobile.