Saturday, 14 April 2018

Soviet Union building the first nuclear icebreaker Lenin according to a CIA report dated 4 March 1957

Van Stoom tot Atoom, 1961
Text G.A.J. Bovens-drawings G.J. Frans Naerebout

An item reported that at the Baltic Yard at Leningrad [St. Petersburg, Russia] the keel was laid down of a nuclear icebreaker despite lacking specified drawings or completed planning of the needed machinery space. The reactor was still in a design progress and beyond the keel and associated structural elements was yet nothing built. The major reason for beginning with the building was to claim that the Soviet Union were the first to built a nuclear icebreaker.(1)

1. Laid down in 1957, completed in 1959, decommissioned in 1989 and became a museum ship. IMO 5206087. Displacement 16.000 tons and as dimensions 134 x 27,6 x 16,1 (depth) x 10,5 metres or 440 x 91 x 53 x 34 feet. Fitted out with 2 OK-150 nuclear reactors , since 1970 2 OK-900 and 4 steam turbine generators resulting in a speed of 18 knots. Crew numbered 243 men.

The report was published on, document number CIA-RDP80T00246A032800400001-3