A Russian tall ship will be visible in Vancouver around 8 am on Wednesday morning
Sources tell CityCaucus.com that the Russian tall ship Kruzenshtern will be arriving in Vancouver tomorrow and should be visible near Point Atkinson around 8:00 am - 8:30 am. It is anticipated the ship will make its way under the Lion's Gate Bridge between 8:45 am - 9:00 am. It should be quite the spectacle and will likely gather quite a bit of media and public attention. The ship is here to help promote the 2014 Sochi, Russia Winter Olympic Games. Best viewing spots will be from the Stanley Park Seawall and Ambleside Park in West Vancouver...
The tall ship will be open to the public for free. We're told this could be as early as this Thursday, however, official times have yet to be posted.
What we do know is the following:
- The vessel is 115 metres long, 14 metres wide, with a draft of 6.5 metres.
- It is visiting Vancouver during the Olympic Games (tentative dates: February 10-28, 2010).
- It will be docked at Burrard Drydock in North Vancouver (adjacent to Lonsdale Quay, publicly accessible).
- The City of North Vancouver is providing facility and shore services.
- It is owned by the Russian Baltic Academy and used as a navy training ship.
- Will house 120 navy cadets during its stay, along with a permanent crew of 70.
- The Kruzenshtern was given to the USSR in 1946 as war reparation and renamed after the early 19th century Baltic German explorer in Russian service, Adam Johann Kruzenshtern. The Kruzenshtern is one of the tallest sailing ships in the world with a height of over 51 meters.
We are in the process of getting more details from Russian representatives, and will post them as soon as they are available. You can also check out the City of North Vancouver website for more details.
- post by Daniel