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KALININGRAD, August 26 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian Tall Ship The Kruzenshtern will set off on its longest trans-Atlantic voyage on Sunday.
Anna Kasparova, the press secretary of the Baltic State Academy of the Fishing Fleet that owns the ship, told Itar-Tass that the voyage would last for almost a hundred days during which The Kruzenshtern registered in Kaliningrad would call at nine ports in six countries, including Poland, Germany, Spain, Canada, Belgium and Lithuania.
The four-mast bark will cross the Atlantic Ocean twice: from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of a Spanish province of the same name, to Canadian Quebec. This crossing will take 19 days. The second trans-Atlantic crossing, from the Canadian port of St. John’s to Belgian Zeebrugge, will take 18 days.
The Kruzenshtern will stay in Quebec on October 7-9 at the invitation of the local authorities. In 2017, Quebec will host a regatta devoted to the 150th anniversary of Canada in which The Kruzenshtern will also take part.
“Residents and guests of Quebec will be able to get aboard and see the 87-year-old bark,” Kasparova went on to say.
The route from Quebec to St. John’s will lie through Canadian territorial waters, including the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The Kruzenshtern’s crew and military students will have a rare chance to see picturesque Canadian fjords and forests from the board of the vessel.
The Kruzenshtern will call at St. John’s port on October 10-15. Its crew and military students will be present at the world congress of the heads of maritime colleges as honorary guests.
Kasparova said that experts of the Moscow-based Skolkovo management school will take practical classes onboard the Krusenshtern on a section from Polish Gdynia to German Bremerhaven for the third time running.