The 99 Years Old Ship

The 99 Years Old Ship

How long do ships live? The Commune ship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet based in Sevastopol is the oldest vessel of the Russian Navy which is 99 years old.

The 99 Years Old Ship

On November 12, 2012 the ship will celebrate its 100 anniversary. The project of the submarine rescuer was developed in 1911 and the ship was called Commune in 1922.

The 99 Years Old Ship

The rescue ship is still in service but periodically undergoes some repairs. It is 81 m long, and 13,2 m deep.

The 99 Years Old Ship

Let us board the vessel and look at it closer.

The 99 Years Old Ship

The ship had been used since 1915. It participated in World War I and II, as well as Revolution.

The 99 Years Old Ship

‘Putilov Dockyard’

The 99 Years Old Ship

Between the board of the catamaran vessel there is a mobile platform with a descending undersea vehicle.

The 99 Years Old Ship

The 99 Years Old Ship

The undersea vehicle can be descended 1 km deep.

The 99 Years Old Ship

The 99 Years Old Ship

The undersea vehicle is intended for searching and detection of submarines and elevation of loads up to 150 km, cutting cables, etc.

The 99 Years Old Ship

The vehicle is supplied with 10 engines that make it extremely mobile.

The 99 Years Old Ship

The manipulator cuts metal and cables located 1 km deep.

The 99 Years Old Ship

All electronic systems are based in the yellow capsules. While placing them underwater, they are deprived of air providing for complete encapsulation.

The 99 Years Old Ship

The equipment is made in Norway.

The 99 Years Old Ship

The 99 Years Old Ship

Old elements such as the steering-wheel were here in 1915.

The 99 Years Old Ship

The 99 Years Old Ship

The 99 Years Old Ship

The vessel is standing next to Sevastopol not far from the Ukrainian ships.

The 99 Years Old Ship

The upper projector.

The 99 Years Old Ship

The highest deck is situated 20 m above the sea level.

The 99 Years Old Ship

The 99 Years Old Ship

These devices point at the length of anchor chains.

The 99 Years Old Ship

The 99 Years Old Ship

The engine space.

The 99 Years Old Ship

The system of alarm signals used in case of emergency: fire in the place, flooding of the place, everybody, leave the room.

The 99 Years Old Ship

The 99 Years Old Ship

The 99 Years Old Ship

Room number 2, food handler.

The 99 Years Old Ship

The sailors are going to have dinner soon.

The 99 Years Old Ship

The piano was installed at the time of the ship construction. Now it is impossible to take it out because it is too big for the newly made narrow doors.

The 99 Years Old Ship

Left helm! Right helm!

The 99 Years Old Ship

This is the way Russian words were written before the Revolution.

The 99 Years Old Ship

The 99 Years Old Ship

The 99 Years Old Ship

The ship will accompany Neptune during the celebration of the Navy Day of Russia celebrated on 19 July of 2012 and is painted and renewed due to the event.

The 99 Years Old Ship

For the first time the vessel was used according to its designated purpose in 1917 when a submarine sank. In spite of severe storm, the submarine was taken to the surface, repaired and exploited again.

The 99 Years Old Ship

The 99 Years Old Ship

In the beginning of the WWII the Commune ship was based in Leningrad. Its crew elevated four tanks, two tractors and 31 cars and repaired six submarines. The list of saved objects was long enough. In total, the Commune rendered help to over 100 ships and submarines.

The 99 Years Old Ship

The 99 Years Old Ship

In 1967 the vessel reached Sevastopol and was reequipped into a carrier of deep-operating vehicle the cost of which accounted for 11 million rubles.

The 99 Years Old Ship

It was repaired and is currently actively participating in rescuing procedures.

Location: Sevastopol

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9 thoughts on “The 99 Years Old Ship”

    • It looks like a mixed bag. If she been around 100 years, she hasn’t hasn’t been too badly maintained. In the first few photos someone has obviously been busy with chipping hammer, needle gun and primer. The last couple of pictures the hull looks fantastic. The question is did the decks and superstructure get the same treatment?

    • What? She looks very well maintained on these pics. The red thing on the hull is not rust — it’s lead tetroxide, rustproof primer paint.

  1. I love the old French piano; especially love that they can’t take it out. That’s the difference between the Russian sensibility and ours. We’d simply take a sledge hammer to it and take it out in pieces.

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