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News From The North

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Norway to pony up 328 million Krone ($50.6 million) to hire contractor to remove wrecked Soviet battleship



The Norwegian government plans to allocate 328 million NOK to the removal of the wreck of the Russian cruiser “Murmansk”.

The Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs will cover all expenses for removal of the wreck of the cruiser, which ended its days in the rocks outside Sørvær on the coast of Finnmark in December 1994, news paper Nordlys writes. The cruiser was being tugged southwards for scrapping when it tore away during a storm.

The Murmansk was a post-WWII heavy cruiser, about 700 feet long and armed with a dozen 6” guns and a crew of 1250. He (Russian ship, right?) was launched in 1955 and served through 1992. Sold to India as scrap metal in 1994, the ship broke his tow line and ran aground off the north coast of Norway on Christmas Eve 1994. The ship lies on the western edge of Soroya Island off of Norway’s northwest coast.

When the churchbells rang on Christmas Eve 1994, the population of Sørvær got a very special Christmas gift. The Russian cruiser “Murmansk” came straight towards the parish without any crew on board. The cruiser was on its way to India where it should be cut to pieces, but out of Senja it got loose from the tow. Then it sailed for four days through gales and storms without any crew, and was never captured by the coastguard or the naval defences. “Murmansk” ended its voyage as the next-door neighbour of the NATO-radar on Sørvær!

The half submerged ship, still armed!, has become a popular dive site. Many excellent and moving pictures can be found here, still more here.

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Come on Russia, take out your own trash for a change.


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In other news from the lands of ice and cold, Russian gas company Gazprom is planning on jacking the national consumer rates up 20% next year. Not too many people in Russia are happy with that.


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