A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

Today we’ll visit an atomic vehicle named 50 Years Of Victory and participate in a short excursion along its machinery department and other premises. All the pictures are represented below.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

An atomic icebreaker is a plain steamer. The atomic reactor heats water that turns into steam that rotates turbines that activate generators that generate electricity that enters electric motors that set 3 marine propellers in motion.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

The body depth at the place of ice breaking is 5 cm. Such a ship has a double bottom and won’t have to retreat in case of a hole.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

The excursion started in the cabin of the engineer in chief. The 50 Years Of Victory vessel is provided with 2 nuclear reactors. They have enough power to supply with energy a city inhabited by 2 million people.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

The nuclear rectors are thoroughly protected from accidents and external impacts. The icebreaker can stand a collision with a passenger airplane or similar icebreaker at the speed of 10 km an hour.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

Fuel is changed every 5 years.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

Rectifiers.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

Electric motors and rotating screws. This place which is very noisy is located 9 meters under the waterline.

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Electric motor of the vehicle.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

Steering engine looks impressive.

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Steering engine set in motion.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

Upper part of the wheel. The wheel itself is located underwater. Icebreakers have better maneuvering characteristics than regular vessels.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

Each turbine (there are 2 of them) rotates 3 generators producing alternate current. The yellow boxes at the background are rectifiers which produce constant current for electric motors.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

The desalination plants produce over 120 tons of fresh water.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

You can try the water if you want. Regular distilled water.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

Anti-noise cabin.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

There are many ways of protection from emergencies. Fire extinguishing with carbon dioxide is one of them.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

The icebreaker is controlled by three people. Each of them is on duty 4 hours a day. A crew consists of a sailor, a chief of the watch and a mate-on watch.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

This is a sailor. Look at the size of the steering wheel.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

Radiohouse.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

A representative staircase.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

A corridor with doors leading to cabins.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

A snack-bar.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

A library.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

A lobby and a reception hall.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

A mailing box. Don’t forget to send a postcard from the North pole!

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

Swimming pools.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

Sports ground.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

Weights room.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

This vessel contains alcohol solution.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

Now let’s see what dishes are served to guests. You may choose any place you like.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

All salads here are served buffet style.  3 variants of the main course were available.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

Dishes from the fine dining restaurants aboard are made by cooks from Argentine, utensils are imported from Europe.

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker

3 German pastry-cooks were busy with making wonderful desserts all day long.

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16 thoughts on “A Visit to A Russian Icebreaker”

    • Hi, there!

      From wiki’s page ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NS_50_Let_Pobedy)

      Capacity: 128 passengers
      Crew: 140 crew members

  1. So, nuclear powered ship requires pineapple can “repair” to control the leakage from the pipes. With what do they repair the reactors?

    • Everything is relative. A leak from a water pipe is a minor problem that can be dealt with in this way. If that leak was somewhere in the reactor, I’m pretty sure nobody would dream of fixing it with a tin can.

  2. I was a boiler technician in the U.S. Navy. If you ever caught just one drop of condensed steam on the top of your head you’d know the tin can is a very good idea until the valve can be isolated and repacked.

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