In the late eighties early nineties in Gdynia (Poland), they built several three-master barks for different nautical schools of the USSR. ‘Nadezhda’ which means ‘hope’ in English, belongs to Maritime State University named after adm. G. I. Nevelskoy in Vladivostok. ‘Krusenstern’ was built in 1926 at Geestemunde in Bremerhaven, Germany and was surrendered to the USSR 1946 as war reparation. It is now a Russian Navy sail training ship. Here’s some description of these ships, their crews and students, and their everyday life.
‘Nadezhda’ has an iron body, 26 sails, 2 diesel engines, 50 crewmen, and 140 students. She was preparing for a trip to San Francisco. She’s really beautiful and inspiring!
The students are listening to a lection on American people and their ‘fake’ smiles.
They are told to smile politely back, but nobody is going to do that.
Here’s a chart house.
Here’s the student’s today’s lunch, french fries and pork chops.
The engine room. ‘Nadezhda’s under sail maximum speed is 18 knots.
It is the first ship to have VSAT satellite system installed. It provides the students with the Internet in any part of the world. Thus, they can easily find the information they need for studies; they have distance learning. Besides, they will be able to call home via ‘Mama, take me home’ program.
The ship has Wi-Fi and two web-cameras.
Although it was just the beginning of the trip, the students looked like real old salts.
‘Krusenstern’ is one of the largest sailing vessels of the world. She is a ‘windjammer’ and her maximum under sail speed is 20 knots which is even faster than that of the engines .
‘Krusenstern’ is a state within a state where the capitan is the president, and the system of seniority is strictly observed.
The sea romance disappears once the land is down below the horizon. A hard school of experience begins.
Being in a small closed space is a very diffecult psycological test. The sea that seemed to you a symbol of freedom, immures you surrounding with water.
The day starts with morning exercises at 7. Breakfast goes next. When the ship is at sea, they have four meals a day; otherwise, they have three meals a day.
Seamen have a lot of weird, and sometimes foolish traditions. For example, you are not allowed to sit on knights because (attention!) it is considered, as if you were sitting on the boatswain’s head !
The first ascent is the scariest one. Each student has to overcome it by his own.
The first storm is the best memory of each voyage.
There are different kinds of activities there, such as a bathing day, an alarm, birthdays… Anyway, everybody’s busy.
Once a week they have a bathing day which is an unofficial day-off. The members of the ship’s company bathe and clean up the ship, especially the deck.
‘Krusenstern’ also has a church, a museum, a library, a gym, a sauna, and a bakery. Although all you want at sea is food and some sleep.