Cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov in Novorossiysk - will soon become history

Ship-Museum "Mikhail Kutuzov" moored atthe central embankment of Novorossiysk, near the Marine Station. Its length is 210 meters, width - 22 meters, and the thickness of armor - 100 mm. The height between the highest and lowest points of the ship, the mast and keel is 59 meters. The cruiser is recognized by experts as one of the masterpieces of world shipbuilding, and UNESCO has cataloged it as a ship of historical value.

Sounds impressive right? But in fact ... The ship is a sad sight, especially as a museum, at such a pace it will look more like an unowned pile of scrap metal than a museum. Yes, not all tourists will agree with me, and positive feedback is also still full, but the impression entirely depends on your expectations and imagination.

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Impressions of visiting the cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov

As a landmark, I liked the object. Indeed, there is nothing of the kind in the district, and I was on the ship only once in my life, and it was not even a ship, but a submarine in Kaliningrad. True, it was very interesting for me to climb the ladder and look inside ... But there’s almost nothing inside! Imagine the building of an ordinary museum, from which all the exhibits were taken out. Interesting? If the building is unusual, but in this case the cruiser was unusual for me, it is interesting, but I want to see the life of the crew, starting from the commander and ending with simple sailors. And in normal condition there was only a mess-room, the rest of the premises are empty. Moreover, literally several rooms are open and there is access only to two decks. You walk along the corridors and the doors are completely closed ... Perhaps it would be more interesting with a guide (when I arrived, the group didn’t have enough), but you would still have to be content with words, since there are no exhibits.

I think from this cruiser couldmake candy. It is not difficult to return some personal belongings to the premises, even if it is some stylization, to give access to the kitchen (the window was only open there), to the computer room, to the wheelhouse. It is clear that for this all you need funding, which is not. And the problem seems to be that no one needs museums in the country. In general, I was interested to see, but I saw only a part of what I would like. Therefore, I can recommend for viewing, but do not build too high expectations. And so yes the size is amazing! This is such a huge machine ..

Cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov in Novorossiysk

Cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov in Novorossiysk

The chain over the years overgrown

The chain over the years overgrown

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Monument of the Seaman's Wife

Monument of the Seaman's Wife

Forum Square at the Sea Port

Forum Square at the Sea Port

Area - a place for walking or meditations

Area - a place for walking or meditations

Artfully hid from the sun

Artfully hid from the sun

Fishermen, but why here, if the whole embankment is free

Fishermen, but why here, if the whole embankment is free

The wooden deck quietly rots

The wooden deck quietly rots

On the nose of the ship fluttering Andrew's Guy

On the nose of the ship fluttering Andrew's Guy

UPDATE. A few people wrote to me here that it was not a flag, but huys fluttering, but no one explained that yes how, except that huys is hanging on the bow of a ship. So I figured out why many people on the Internet say that it is the flag that hangs on the Kutuzov cruiser. St. Andrew’s flag is a white cloth with a blue diagonal cross, but the red flag is the same with the same blue cross and white cross (as in my photo). But at one time the red paint burned out and thus hung the flag of St. Andrew’s flag (although in the past it was still gue). When I visited the cruiser, the old Guy was already replaced with a new one, and now it looks as it should.

Three-gun tower installation of the main caliber Mk-5bis, caliber 152.4 mm

Three-gun tower installation of the main caliber Mk-5bis, caliber 152.4 mm

In some places, rust has made holes.

In some places, rust has made holes.

In some places, rust has made holes.

In some places, rust has made holes.

SM-5-1S two-deck deck-tower installation

SM-5-1S two-deck deck-tower installation

SM-5-1S installation, caliber 100 mm

SM-5-1S installation, caliber 100 mm

Anti-aircraft two-gun installation of short-range action V-11

Anti-aircraft two-gun installation of short-range action V-11

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For the convenience of single visitors, the route is drawn with green arrows.

For the convenience of single visitors, the route is drawn with green arrows.

A lot of wires stretch along the corridors, there are guards and other elements of the destination unknown to the inhabitant

A lot of wires stretch along the corridors, there are guards and other elements of the destination unknown to the inhabitant

Before entering the cabin company stands with photos

Before entering the cabin company stands with photos

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Cabin-company on the cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov

Cabin-company on the cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov

There are several models of ships under muddy plexiglass

There are several models of ships under muddy plexiglass

Symbols of the bygone era

Symbols of the bygone era

From the window is visible Forumnaya Square

From the window is visible Forumnaya Square

Cabin Assistant Commander

Cabin Assistant Commander

Corridors, Cruiser Kutuzov

Corridors, Cruiser Kutuzov

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Staircase somewhere down and into darkness

Staircase somewhere down and into darkness

Medical compartment on the ship

Medical compartment on the ship

Probably another medical bay

Probably another medical bay, no labels, everything is empty

Kubrick, where the sailors slept

Kubrick, where the sailors slept

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Galley, kitchen

Galley, kitchen

Historical reference

Cruiser, named in honor of Michael IllarionovichKutuzov, was laid in February 1951 at the Nikolaev shipyard, and in August 1954 the flag was raised on the cruiser. After testing, the ship was enlisted in the Black Sea Fleet and served in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, in the central regions of the Atlantic. During the explosion of the battleship Novorossiysk in 1955 in the bay of Sevastopol, the Mikhail Kutuzov was the closest ship to the battleship. Of the 93 people sent from the cruiser to assist the crew of the Novorossiysk, 27 died. In 1957, the cruiser passed around Europe and headed for the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the October Revolution in Leningrad, received a task: to test the ship to go through a strong storm. In the area of ​​the Shetland Islands, a 9-point storm almost put the cruiser on board, it was damaged, but survived and reached Leningrad, and after repair participated in a festive parade on the Neva. In 1961, the shooting took place on the cruiser “Shooting on the Shore”, where Vladimir Vysotsky played a small role. At the same time, Yury Gagarin visited the ship with an official visit. In 1964, the "Mikhail Kutuzov" was the first of the Black Sea Fleet ships to enter service in the Mediterranean. In June 1967 he was in the port of Alexandria, assisting the armed forces of Egypt, and in 1968 the cruiser was sent to Syria. During service, the cruiser "Mikhail Kutuzov" was visited by the president of Indonesia, the head of Egypt, the king of Ethiopia, the shah of Iran.

In 1987, the cruiser was transferred to the reserve, thenin 1992 he was expelled from the Navy, after which he was laid up in Sevastopol. The ship was withdrawn from service in 1998. In 2001, the ship was transferred to Novorossiysk. Over the years of service, he walked 211,900 miles. Previously, the crew of the cruiser was 1,200 troops, now it is served by only 20 people. In 2002, on the day of the Navy, the ship began its history as a branch of the museum of the Navy and was opened to the general public.

Every morning Andreevsky rises above the cruiser.flag and descends smoothly at sunset time. On the ship more than 2000 rooms, including cabins, cockpits and even libraries. You can inspect the navigational cabin, the officer’s cabin, the flagship’s cabin — usually the high-ranking guests of the ship, the officers ’cabin, and the corps of sailors of military service. Tour cruiser begins with an artillery tower, then visitors pass to the commander’s compartment, where the cabins of the ship’s commander, chief of staff and flagship are located. In the cabin of the flagship you can see the exposition telling about the commander-in-chief of the USSR Navy S.G. Gorshkov. In the cabin of the commander is presented a stand with photos of the commanders of the cruiser. In the cabin of the chief of staff, the exposition is dedicated to Field Marshal MI Kutuzov. After exploring the main caliber tower, the tour continues in the cabin, where you can get acquainted with life and sailors. The next cockpit tells about the history of domestic cruisers, beginning in the 60s of the XIX century and, further, the history of the cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov itself. The tour ends on a forecastle and tank of the ship, where you can see the device anchor.

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Entry fee, the cost of the tour 200 rubles adults, 100 rubles students. A group of 10 people is recruited.
Non-professional photo / video 50 rub.
Professional photo / video 1000/2000 rub.

As a rule, they let in with a guided tour. In the season, the group is recruited quickly, but in the offseason, you either have to wait a long time, or can start up without a guide. Without a guide is not so interesting, but you can walk longer and more carefully consider everything, and then read all the information on the Internet.

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Cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov

Cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov
A huge cruiser from which the museum is made, stands in the port of Novorossiysk. You can visit, both independently and with a guided tour. Paid entrance.
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A huge cruiser from which the museum is made, stands in the port of Novorossiysk. You can visit, both independently and with a guided tour. Entrance fee.More

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