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Photographer:Malcolm Cranfield [View profile]Title:BRATSTVOAdded:Jan 03, 2015
Location:Cape Town, South Africa
Photo Category: General cargo ships built 1960-1969 (Over 3000gt)
The Soviet Union's Kherson 1963 built BRATSTVO is seen arriving at Cape Town.

The ship suffered an engine room explosion off Ceuta on 18th September 1984 during a loaded voyage from Port Cartier to Odessa and was towed to Algeciras where she was broken up in 1985.

scanned from a slide in my collection taken by Ian Shiffman
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Technical Data
Vessel type:General Cargo
Gross tonnage:11,509 tons
Summer DWT:16,230 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1963
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P.F. KERR on Mar 06, 2016 23:01 (2 years ago)
I was a passenger on "Ivan Franko" in mid-June 1980 when we hove to in mid-Atlantic and a woman crew or entertainment staff member was transferred by boat to the Bratstvo. No one knew why and the lunch sitting that day was full of speculation as to the reason. (Perhaps the poor woman was simply ill, no one knows).
The Ivan Franko was returning to Europe for summer cruising. One reason for this was the Australian government's refusal to allow Russian cruise vessels to use Australia, (once the southern hemisphere season had ended). This was a sanction in response to the U.S.S.R. incursion into Afghanistan. CTC which operated the cruises had no option but to relinquish the charters and both the Ivan Franko and, I think Taras Schevchenko made line voyages back to Europe. The Ivan Franko via Panama and the other via Suez. I have a feeling too that this voyage which left Auckland in May 1980 was the last line voyage by a passenger vessel from New Zealand to Europe. However, I'm happy to be corrected. We called at Papeete, Panama City, Curacao, Antigua and disembarked at Southampton 21 June 1980.
Lakhtikov Dmitriy on Jan 12, 2015 04:29 (3 years ago)
Malcolm, in fact Bratstvo collided with soviet submarine K-53 of Victor I class on 19th of September in underwater position. This is well known fact. Beside that I know bosun who was there at time of incident.
Malcolm Cranfield on Jan 04, 2015 13:48 (3 years ago)
The call of BRATSTVO at Cape Town may have been in 1973. The ship sailed from Antwerp on 19th January bound for North Korea via Las Palmas. Later in the year she sailed from the Black Sea to Umm Qasr, Iraq, a voyage which would also have taken her round the Cape of Good Hope.
SSM2005 on Jan 04, 2015 12:02 (3 years ago)
Another fine soviet-era cargo liner!
Shaun Smith Milne
Mike Griffiths on Jan 04, 2015 11:33 (3 years ago)
Very nice upload Malcolm.

Not a usual caller at Cape Town I think.....perhaps taken when the Suez Canal was closed due to war and all Suez traffic had to divert around the Cape.
asnyk on Jan 04, 2015 08:04 (3 years ago)
This is nineteen of twenty-five turbine ships type Leninskiy Komsomol, built 1959 - 1966 in two versions.
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