May 01, 2008

Crossing Russia by Boat

During the summer of 1971 a remarkable expedition took place in Russia. Although it went almost unnoticed in the Soviet Union, not to mention the rest of the world, it could be called historic. Press coverage was scant. The Primorsky Chemist, published out of Dalnegorsk, the remote mining town in the Soviet Far East from which the expedition originated, printed the following: 


There was quite a crowd last Saturday near the Palace of Chemists. Plant workers along with their families had come to see off four brave sailors setting out to sea. There was a brass band and many flowers and banners, one of which read, “Happy Sailing To You, Lovers of Marine Sports!” The festive procession with the sailors at its head marched along the settlement’s main street – Gorky Street. Near where the road turns toward the sea, the travelers were met by a bus to take them out to the pier. Two small boats, with the brave travelers on board, set a course for the North.

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