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We made voyages

We made voyages

11 Mar another sitting of the Nevelskoy MSU Literary Mess was held under the Project Star on the jacket timed to the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.

At the meeting with cadets a conversation about the exploits of our graduates on the sea routes of the Great War continued. From 1941 to 1945 FESCO conventional cargo vessels waged war against the German and Japanese submarines, cruisers and aircraft. This time the cadets heard about the "fiery voyages" made by Anna Shchetinina and Michael Sobolewski, the celebrated captains, whose fate for many years had been closely associated with our university.

Anna Shchetinina crossed the Pacific Ocean on her ships 17 times. And any of these voyages could be the last one. Throughout the war, Anna Shchetinina worked in the Baltic and the Far East seas, bringing food and equipment to Russia.

In 1941, Mikhail Sobolevsky was barely nineteen and he was a student of the Leningrad Institute of Water Transport Engineers, worked as a sailor on ships of polar convoys. The voyages were extremely dangerous: Germans attacked convoys of merchant ships on their way from the USSR to England and back, both from the air and from the water and under water. War ships, of course, guarded the steamers, but the chances to reach the shore were slim…

During World War II Anna Shchetinina and Michael Sobolewski took ships to all the oceans of the world for many years, and then their fate brought them to FEHEMC, where they shared their wealth of experience with navigating cadets. Anna Ivanovna returned to her native Vladivostok not only world famous, but also an author of several books for future captains. For many years she taught and supervised cadets’ onboard training. In addition, she took part in regattas, multi-day cruises on yawls and rowing and sailing boats, organized in FEHEMC a film studio where films were made about the cadets’ study and practical training. And for many years she remained on the bridge, leaving for voyages on ships Orsha, Orekhov, Okhotsk, and Anton Chekhov.

Mikhail Sobolewski was also a man of unusual destiny. Having become a captain, for several years after the war he worked in the Baltic Sea, and then on FESCO ships and on the FEHEMC training vessel Meridian. Sobolewski visited all the continents of the globe, made ten most complicated cruises on the research vessels Vityaz and Dmitry Mendeleyev.

When ashore, he worked for many years in our maritime college in the Ship Control Department. He was courageous, decisive and surprisingly talented person: he wrote poetry and music, painted excellent pictures, read a great lot, and was fluent in three languages.

The audience listened attentively to Sobolev’s and Shchetinina’s colleagues - sea captains, veterans of maritime education AN Panasenko and VP Dobrokvashin.


Galina Yakunina

13 march 2015 year


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