Tall ship from Soviet Union sailing into Inner Harbor

July 11, 1991|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Evening Sun Staff

The Kruzenshtern, a 378-foot, four-masted sailing vessel from the Soviet Union, is scheduled to begin a 10-day goodwill visit to the Inner Harbor tomorrow. And during its stay, some crew members will meet with state officials to observe Maryland's research into techniques of aquaculture.

Operated by the USSR Ministry of Fisheries and carrying a crew of more than 200, including 160 cadets and eight school teachers, the ship was in Norfolk last weekend. It is making Baltimore its only other U.S. port of call before embarking July 22 to its home port of Talin, Estonia.

Arrival at the Inner Harbor's west wall (adjacent to the Light Street Pavilion of Harborplace) is scheduled at noon tomorrow, and the ship opens for its first free public tours from 3 to 6 p.m. tomorrow. Visiting hours will be held throughout the ship's stay except for three days -- July 16, 19 and 21 -- as follows:

July 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; July 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; July 15, 2:30 to 7:30 p.m.; July 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.; July 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 to 7 p.m.; and

July 20, 10 a.m. to noon and 2:30 to 7 p.m. (For more information, call 837-INFO.)

The Kruzenshtern call is the second and final tall ship visit of the summer (following last month's visit by the Spanish ship Juan Sebastian de Elcano), hosted by Baltimore's Operation Sail along with the Stouffer Harborplace Hotel. The railroad company CSX Intermodal is a key local sponsor, helping to arrange the Kruzenshtern visit in connection with a cooperative project on the Soviet Trans-Siberian Railroad.

Because of the vessel's ministry of Fisheries connection, says Mary Sue McCarthy, executive director of Operation Sail, representatives of Maryland's Department of Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture and the Columbus Marine Biotechnology Institute here are also involved. The Soviet visitors will be offered tours and meetings to share information on a variety of fishery issues, such as the state's oyster, crab and other marine harvesting efforts.

Officials say the Soviet vessel is tentatively scheduled to return next summer as part of Summer of Sail '92, an expected multiple tall ship event in Baltimore in conjunction with the observances in New York City of the 500th anniversary of Columbus' first voyage to the Western Hemisphere.

The Kruzenshtern is also the second nautical linkage this month between Baltimore and the Soviet Union.

Wednesday the Pride of Baltimore II, Maryland's goodwill ambassador sailing ship, departed the Baltic port of Leningrad (St. Petersburg) in the Soviet Union following a historic six-day visit.

Pride reached Leningrad on July 4 on the longest leg of its European voyage that began in 1990. It was the first such American vessel to dock on the Neva River in the heart of the city, opposite the historic Fortress of Peter and Paul.

And in addition to Leningrad receptions hosted by the Maryland Port Administration and Baltimore firm International Resources International Inc., the ship also took aboard Dan Dudis, an eighth grader from Pocomoke City who was Maryland's national finalest in the recent National Geography Bee competition. Dudis was accompanied by his father, Joe, to sail a portion of the Pride's voyage to Portsmouth, England. The trip was a prize of the Maryland Geography Bee.

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