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Sailing veteran springs a surprise

Friday, February 22, 2013


The world's oldest sailing ship has made a surprise stopover in Hong Kong after missing a planned trip to Shanghai.

The 92-year-old Sedov from Russia is on a 44,000-nautical-mile, 30-port odyssey after leaving St Petersburg last May.

Captain Nicolay Zorchenko said he decided to skip Shanghai as the bridges over the river could be too low and "because I believe Hong Kong will be a much more interesting place to visit."

During the voyage two Russian cadets on the ship, Diana and Ivan, both 26, got married. The crew also paid their respects to victims of the 1945 atomic bomb during a visit to Nagasaki from February 11 to 14.

The Sedov was launched on February 14, 1921, with the name of the Magdalena Winnen II. In 1945 it was turned over to the Soviet Union as reparations for World War II and renamed after a Russian polar explorer.

The ship is being used to train cadets from the Murmansk State Technical University.

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