On Vasilievsky Island: Around Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya

Ice-Breaker Krasin Museum

The ice-breaker Krasin has had an very interesting history since being built in Britain in 1916 for the Russian Imperial Navy. It was originally named Svyatogor after the mythical knight of Russian folk stories. The British Royal Navy then scuttled to ship during the intervention of the 1918, it was then later raised and used by the Royal Navy in the White Sea.  As part of the Anglo-Soviet Trade Agreement of 1921, which was signed on behalf of Russian by diplomat Leonid Krasin, the ship was returned to the Soviet Union. It was subsequently renamed in 1927 in honour of Krasin who died in the previous year.  In 1928 the Krasin famously rescued Italian General Umberto Nobile and his crew after their airship crashed in the arctic. It also became the first ship to reach the northern shores of Novaya Zemlya in 1933.  During the Second World War the Krasin assisted the Allied convoys to Murmansk and for the rest of her career she served on the Northern Sea Route.  It was finally decommissioned in 1972 and became a museum in 1992.  

Location Intersection of Naberezhnaya Leytenanta Shmidta and 22-23-ya Linii
Metro Vasilieostrovskaya
Website http://www.krassin.ru/
Clock 11:00 - 18:00. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and the last Wednesday of the month. Excursions held hourly on the hour.