Ivan Franko-class passenger ship

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Marco Polo 2 August 2012 Tallinn.JPG
MS Marco Polo in Tallinn, 2 August 2012
Class overview
Builders: VEB Mathias-Thesen Werft, Wismar, East Germany
Preceded by: Mikhail Kalinin-class (project 101/SeeFa 340)
Built: 1963–1972[1]
In service: 1964
Building: 5
Planned: 5
Completed: 5
Active: 1
General characteristics
Tonnage: 19,861 GT[2]
Length: 175.79 m (577 ft) overall[3]
Beam: 23.61 m (77 ft)[4]
Height: 16.19 m (53 ft)[5]
Draught: 8.11 m (27 ft)[6]
Decks: 8 passenger decks
Installed power: 2 × Sulzer-Cegielski 7RND76 diesels, 15,666 kW (21,008 hp)[1]
Propulsion: 2 propellers
Speed: 20.45 knots (37.87 km/h; 23.53 mph)[7]
Capacity: 750 passengers

The Ivan Franko-class passenger ship (project 301, in Germany known as Seefa 750[8]) is a class of Soviet ocean liners and cruise ships, operated by the Baltic State Shipping Company (BGMP) and Black Sea Shipping Company (ChMMP or BLASCO).[9] The five Soviet ships Ivan Franko, Aleksandr Pushkin, Taras Shevchenko, Shota Rustaveli and Mikhail Lermontov were constructed in 1963–1972 by the East German company VEB Mathias-Thesen Werft, in Wismar. The class was named after the renowned Ukrainian poet Ivan Franko.

The only liner left among the five is the Aleksandr Pushkin...now known as Marco Polo

Technical Details and Construction[edit]

The Ivan Franko-class have surpassed the earlier Mikhail Kalinin-class as the Germany's (in both parts of Germany) largest passenger ships after World War II. At 176 m (578 feet)[10] in length Marco Polo was 54 metres (177 ft) longer than the prior largest passenger ship, the Mikhail Kalinin and classmates. Marco Polo also was 7.5 metres (25 ft) wider, and with a gross tonnage of 19,861, is almost 3 times larger.

The construction of this class featured some notable differences from contemporary ships built in the west. Amongst other things they offered cabins for six people and had three taps in the bathrooms - for hot, cold and sea water - Both of these features had long since been abandoned in western liners. The ships also featured certain forward-looking features, such as all outside accommodation for both passengers and the crew, and an indoor/outdoor swimming pool with a sliding glass roof.

Ocean liners/cruise ships of the project 301/Seefa 750[edit]

Ivan Franko class passenger ships
No. Original name English transliteration
1 Иван Франко (Frank) Ivan Franko (Frank)
2 Александр Пушкин (Marco Polo) Aleksandr Pushkin (Marco Polo)
3 Тарас Шевченко (Tara) Taras Shevchenko (Tara)
4 Шота Руставели (Assedo) Shota Rustaveli (Assedo)
5 Михаил Лермонтов Mikhail Lermontov

Overview[edit]

Ivan Franko class passenger ships
Year of build Hull No Image Name First operator Port of Registry Flag IMO-No. Status
1964 125 Image Frank ChMMP OdessaKingstown Flag of the Soviet Union.svgFlag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.svg 5415901 originally, the Ivan Franko; sold in 1997 to Polluks Shipping; out of service since 21. July 1997; scrapped in Alang [11]
1965 126 Marco Polo Port of Tallinn 2 August 2012.JPG Marco Polo BGMP LeningradVladivostokNassau Flag of the Soviet Union.svgCivil Ensign of the Bahamas.svg 6417097 originally, the Aleksandr Pushkin[12]
1966 127 Tara ChMMP OdessaMonroviaOdessa Flag of the Soviet Union.svgFlag of Liberia.svgFlag of Ukraine.svgFlag of the Comoros.svg 6508195 originally, the Taras Shevtchenko; scrapped[13]
1968 128 Image Assedo ChMMP OdessaMonroviaOdessaKingstown Flag of the Soviet Union.svgFlag of Liberia.svgFlag of Ukraine.svgFlag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.svg 6707753 originally, the Shota Rustaveli; scrapped[14]
1972 129 Mikhail Lermontov at Tilbury - geograph.org.uk - 1548525.jpg Mikhail Lermontov BGMP Leningrad Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 7042318 sank on 16. February 1986 near Gannet Pointi (New Zealand) [15]

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