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–present
Planned: 5
Building: 5
Completed: 5
Active: 1
General characteristics
Type: Ocean linerCruise ship
Tonnage: 19,861 GRT[2]
Length: 175.79 m (577 ft) overall[2]
Beam: 23.61 m (77 ft)[2]
Height: 16.19 m (53 ft)[2]
Draught: 8.11 m (27 ft)[2]
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)[2]
Capacity: 750 passengers

The Ivan Franko-class passenger ship (project 301, in Germany known as Seefa 750[3]) 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).[4] 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 its lead ship, which took its name from the Ukrainian poet Ivan Franko. The only remainder of the five is Aleksandr Pushkin – now known as Marco Polo.

Description and construction[edit]

The Ivan Franko class surpassed the earlier Mikhail Kalinin class as Germany's (in both parts of Germany) largest passenger ships after World War II. With a length of 176 metres (577 ft 5 in)[5] Marco Polo was 54 metres (177 ft 2 in) longer than the prior largest passenger ship, Mikhail Kalinin and its classmates. Marco Polo also was 7.5 metres (24 ft 7 in) wider, and with a gross register tonnage of 19,861, almost three times larger.

The construction of this class featured some notable differences from contemporary ships built in the west. Among 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 been long abandoned in western liners. The ships also featured certain forward-looking features, such as all outside accommodation for passengers as well as the crew, and an indoor/outdoor swimming pool with a sliding glass roof.

Ocean liners/cruise ships of 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


Ivan Franko class passenger ships
Year of build Hull No Image Name First operator Port of Registry Flag IMO-No. Status
1964 125 Stamps of Germany (DDR) 1971, MiNr 1693.jpg Ivan Franko ChMMP OdessaKingstown Flag of the Soviet Union.svgFlag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.svg 5415901 originally, Ivan Franko; sold in 1997 to Polluks Shipping; out of service since 21 July 1997; scrapped in Alang [6]
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 Aleksandr Pushkin[7]
1966 127 Tara ChMMP OdessaMonroviaOdessa Flag of the Soviet Union.svgFlag of Ukraine.svgFlag of Liberia.svgFlag of Ukraine.svgFlag of the Comoros.svg 6508195 originally, Taras Shevtchenko; scrapped in 2005[8]
1968 128 Теплоход проекта 301.jpg Assedo ChMMP OdessaMonroviaOdessaKingstown Flag of the Soviet Union.svgFlag of Ukraine.svgFlag of Liberia.svgFlag of Ukraine.svgFlag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.svgFlag of Ukraine.svg 6707753 originally, Shota Rustaveli; scrapped in 2003[9]
1972 129 Michail Lermontow 1984.jpg Mikhail Lermontov BGMP Leningrad Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 7042318 sank on 16 February 1986 near Gannet Point (New Zealand) [10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b M/S Aleksandr Pushkin(in Swedish)
  2. ^ a b c d e f Регистровая книга морских судов СССР 1964–1965 [Register Book of Sea-going Ships of the USSR] (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2013-11-03. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  3. ^ "DDR Schiffbau". german-shipbuilding.com (in German). Archived from the original on 2013-06-15. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Ivan Franko Class". simplonpc.co.uk. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Ivan Franko data in English". Archived from the original on 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2012-09-26.
  6. ^ Frank (Иван Франко → 06.1997)(in Russian)
  7. ^ Marco Polo (до 1991 Александр Пушкин)(in Russian)
  8. ^ Tara (Тарас Шевченко → 08.1995 Taras Shevchenko → 08.2001 Тарас Шевченко → 10.2004) (in Russian)
  9. ^ Assedo (Шота Руставели → 2001)
  10. ^ Михаил Лермонтов(in Russian)

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