6 The Cruiser That Never Gave Up

The Cruiser That Never Gave Up

Posted on May 16, 2013 by team


This ship can often be found in various photo collections of submerged vessels. And it is quite a spectacle indeed! The combat ship with turrets and cannons stuck in the shallow waters! But what heppened to this Soviet ship? Why is it at the Norwegian banks now?

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This pride of all the Russian fleet is standing today waterlogged with its weapons up as trying to protect fjords of Norway.

It's a really beautiful cruiser, famous for its history and for its discipline. In the Soviet times it was one of the few ships which sailed to many foreign ports. It managed to overcome so many miles which could be compared with eleven cruises around the world along the equator line. Many sailors were dreaming to serve on the "Murmansk".

Its history began in the times of WWII. In 1943 it was one of those American and English vessels given to the USSR instead of Italian ships to be used in the north for allied convoys and coast protection. All those ships had been built in the times of WWI and had to be exchanged for Italian ships after the war. One of those shops was an American cruiser "Milwaukee".

When it came to Severomosrsk it got the name of a Russian city - "Murmansk".

"Murmansk" had been protecting other ships, the city and allied convoys from German bombers there till the end of the war.

After the war it was given back to previous owners.

But it's not the end of the story. In fact it's only the beginning. That "Milwaukee" cruiser gave name to another ship "Murmansk" which was built after the war together with other ships intended to revive the navy of the country. Its full displacement was 16300 tons, its length - 210 m, width - 22 m, its draft - 7,26 m. The new "Murmansk" was armed with twelve weapons (two nose turrets, two stern turrets) of 152 mm major caliber, twelve  wepons of 100 mm universal caliber, thirty two 37 mm guns, five quintuples - 533 mm. Maximum speed - 31,5 knots.

The crew of the "Murmansk" was 1270 sailors. The ship was built in January, 1958 in the city called Molotovsk (present-day Severodvinsk). In April 1955 it was put afloat.


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6 Responses to “The Cruiser That Never Gave Up”

  1. RB says:

    why did they have to take it apart a wee bit of paint and she would have been good as new?

  2. MaLV says:

    Excellent story and pictures!
    You learn something new everyday.

  3. Boris says:

    What a sad fate for such a fine ship…

  4. mis says:

    It’s hard to believe that this cofferdam structure, even after removal, is less damaging to the local environment than simply leaving the wreak in place, especially after it has already leaked all of its oil.

    I’m also curious as to how the wreck went from being nearly on its side to upright. Was there an earlier salvage effort?

  5. Uroš says:

    Great story, but not true. There were 2 Murmanks ships and this is a mix of their both stories. One was from the forties in Soviet navy and one from the fifties onward. The first one was really called Milwaukee and from USA from WWI but was crapped in 1949. Second one was built by SSSR in 1953 and sunk in 1994 in Norway…

  6. MAXDMG says:

    What a waste… Norway can repare it for museum(like its sistership Mikhail Kutuzov)…

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