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“Vladimir Rusanov” – (formerly named “Bonaventure”) an icebreaker built on the “Napier and Miller” wharf in Glasgow, England. The length is 73.2 m, width is 10.9 m, hull height is 5.8 m, and speed is 14 knots. It was bought in 1915 for the White Sea navigation. “V.R.” was used for scientific exploration of the Russian Arctic Seas. In 1932 the expedition in the Kara Sea on board the “V.R.” discovered the Izvestiy TSIK Islands and navigated to Rudolf Island (Franz Josef Land). In 1935 “V.R.” passed from Arkhangelsk to the mouth of the Indigirka and back in one navigation. In 1936 I. D. Papanin brought equipment and provision for the polar station “Severny Polyus” and fuel for the air expedition to Franz Josef Land on board the “V.R.” It escorted ships in different areas of the Northern Sea route for many times. In 1939 the “V.R.” was laid up for repairs to the boatyard “Krasnaya Kuznitsa” in Arkhangelsk, but the ship was not used anymore, was removed from the list of Navy ships in 1950 and was decommissioned in 1956. It was named after the Arctic explorer V. A. Rusanov.
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