Mir is the second largest of six sister ships designed by designed by Polish naval architect Zygmunt Choreń and weighs 2,385 tonnes. It is 109.2 m long, with a beam of 13.9 m and a draught of 6.3 m. The main mast is 52 m high and along with the other masts supports a total sail area of 2,771 m2.
Its sister ships are Dar Młodzieży, Druzhba, Pallada, Khersones and Nadezhda. Mir is 8 m shorter than the second longest current sailing ship, the STS Sedov (117.5 m). Its shipowner is the Admiral Makarov State Maritime Academy (AMSMA) in Saint Petersburg who operates Mir as its main training vessel.
This ship was originally constructed as a cadet training ship, designed for carrying between 70 and 144 cadets. The total transport capacity is 199 people. In addition to the original training role, Mir now also offers sailing trips, daytrips and "cruises" between ports on a commercial basis; opening up the experience of sailing on Mir to those outside of Russia.
Mir has taken part in many races, including the annual The Tall Ships' Races organised by Sail Training International, winning various prizes. In the Grand Regatta Columbus 1992, celebrating the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492, Mir came out as the absolute winner.
Mir was involved in the SAIL Amsterdam event in August 2010. It sailed into the harbour and was open to the public for several days.
STS Mir at Trafalgar 2005
During the afternoon of the 28 June 2005 Elizabeth II, as Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom, embarked onboard HMS Endurance and, escorted by THV Patricia, set sail to review a fleet of over 167 ships from over 30 nations. STS Mir from Russia is pictured at anchor with its sister ship Dar Mlodziezy from Poland and the training ship Mercedes from the Netherlands in the Solent Portsmouth during the Trafalgar 200 International Fleet Review.