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Icebreaker Cheliuskin found

September 21 2006

Sunken in February 1934 the legendary ship Cheliuskin found. The expedition returned today to Anadyr.

Deputy Director General of the Agency's scientific tours of Sciences Joseph Rabinowitz said that the participants managed to raise from the bottom of the Chukchi Sea, a few fragments, which would identify the vessel. Presumably, this rack rails and mounting of the lamp or the ventilation system. It was first held videography of individual fragments steamer.

Fragments of the ship had been taken "only in limited quantities and sufficient for its Identity Assurance", - said the executive secretary. At Copenhagen, for examination will be sent photos of these fragments and metal samples. The analysis conducted by specialists of the company "Burmeister and Wein, with 73 years ago, was built Cheliuskin, will with certainty" identify "the ship.

Expedition leader, head of Russian Underwater Museum Alexei Mikhailov no doubt that it found Cheliuskin. He showed pictures of the underwater object, made by sonar. General outlines of the vessel are clearly visible, is indicative of drawing the boat deck. "No other such ships in these coordinates could not be. But it is precisely we know that after examination," - said Mikhailov.

In the area of the death of the legendary ship, the researchers conducted about a week. This expedition was the first attempt to search Cheliuskin in the Chukchi Sea has made in 2004, the 70-th anniversary of the death of the ship. At the Chelyuskin in 1933 an attempt was made to swim for a single season on the Northern Sea Route from Murmansk to Vladivostok. In February 1934 the ship sank. Reportedly Izvestia

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