- 1st Soviet Antarctic Expedition
The First Soviet Antarctic Expedition was led by
Mikhail Somov; his scientific deputy was V. G. Kort. The expedition lasted from 30 November, 1955to 1957and involved 127 expedition members and 75 crew members.
diesel-electricships were used to transport the expedition. They were RV "Ob" (flagship; captain I. A. Man), RV "Lena" (captain A. I. Vetrov) and the refrigerator ship No. 7 (captain M. A. Tsygankov). The final ship was used only for transporting perishables. Ob and Lena were icebreakers 130m long and displacing 12,600 tons.
30 November, 1955the first ship ("Ob") left port at Kaliningrad.
The principal task of the expedition was to organise the main base, Mirny, and perform limited scientific observations. Other tasks were reconnaissance of sites for the inland bases Vostok and Sovetskaya; and oceanography of the
* A V Nudel Man "Soviet Antarctic Expeditions 1955-1959", Izdatel'stvo Akademii Nauk SSSR, Moskva, 1959 (translated from the Russian; Israel program for scientific translations, Jerusalem, 1966).
* [http://vitiaz.ru/congress/en/thesis/93.html History of organization of the first Soviet/Russian Antarctic expedition 1955 – 1957/ its international importance in the Antarctic studies by N. Kornilov (ZAO «INTAARI», St. Petersburg, Russia)]
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