Today you have a unique chance to have an excursion inside a nuclear icebreaker “Lenin”.
Part of the forebody
It has been working non-stop for 30 years with a little break in 1967.
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.
Waiting for the excursion
Here we go aboard!
An elegant anteroom
Coining used to be the popular kind of decoration
Stylish stairs leading to the pilot room and the captain saloon.
Here’s a corridor along the bow side.
Cabins of the crew
The excursion begins with some instruction held in the canteen of the crew.
The decoration style is unmistakable – minimalism of the 60s. No Empire ruching.
During the excursion people can see only 1/20 of all the rooms. These rooms are marked in red. The icebreaker is too large.
On the way to the machine space.
Inside the machine space.
Lots of valves and piping.
Steam generator lower section of the machine space.
Panel aesthetics of the 1950s
The interior of the 3rd upper floor of the steam generator section
The holy of holies: power system command station. From here they control reactors, steam generators, main motors and auxiliary power equipment.
It looks rather modern even today
Parameters status screen of reactor №2
Some industrial aesthetics
Outpatient clinic of the icebreaker
Medical devices of the 1970s
On the way to the apparatus room
The side door on the way …
The apparatus room itself
The ladders of the icebreaker are rather steep, we doubt if that man on crutches could go downstairs here.
Viewing at Murmansk city from the control cabin
Inside the control cabin
It’s rather spacious and devices here are both from the 1980s and of the earlier times. Navigation equipment was often renewed.
Ship’s numbers and main parameters of the icebreaker
A table for maps
This device has an interesting name: “dinazavrik” – a little dinosaur.
The device of 1957
VHF communicator control panel
The device measuring depth
General view of the control cabin
A picture of marchal Zhukov
Entering the captain saloon
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.
A messroom and a musical hall – 2 in 1
Another minimalistic clock
Sculpture of Lenin on the stage of the messroom
“Presence board” at the exit