Museum ship «Mikhail Kutuzov» moored at the central embankment of Novorossiysk, next to the Marine Station. Its length is 210 meters, width is 22 meters, and the thickness of the armor is 100 mm. The height between the highest and lowest points of the ship, the clot and the keel, is 59 meters. Experts recognized the cruiser as one of the masterpieces of world shipbuilding, and UNESCO entered it into the catalog 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 become more like an ownerless pile of scrap metal than a museum. Yes, not all tourists will agree with me, and there are still plenty of positive reviews, but the impression entirely depends on your expectations and imagination..
The content of the article
- one Impressions of visiting the cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov
- 2 Historical reference
- 3 Video
- 4 Information to visit
- five On the map
Impressions of visiting the cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov
As an attraction, I liked the object. After all, there is nothing like this in the district, and I was on a 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 is almost nothing inside! Imagine the building of an ordinary museum, from which all the exhibits were taken out. Interesting? If the building is some kind of unusual, and in this case the cruiser was unusual for me, then it is interesting, but I would like to look at the life of the team, starting from the commander, ending with ordinary sailors. And only the wardroom was in normal condition, the rest of the rooms were empty. Moreover, literally several rooms are open and there is only access to two decks. You walk along the corridors and solid closed doors ... Perhaps it would be more interesting with a guide (when I arrived, the group never got enough), but still I would have to be content with words, since there are no exhibits.
It seems to me that this cruiser could be made into 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 (there was only a window open there), to the engine room, to the wheelhouse. It is clear that all this requires funding, which is not there. And the problem seems to be that no one needs museums in the country. In general, it was interesting for me to see, but I saw only part of what I would like. Therefore, I can recommend for viewing, but do not build too high expectations. And so the dimensions are amazing! It's such a huge colossus..
UPDATE. Several people wrote to me here that not a flag, but a jack fluttering, but no one explained what and how, except that the jack hangs on the bow of the ship. So I figured out why many people on the Internet say that it is the flag that hangs on the cruiser Kutuzov. The St. Andrew's flag is a white cloth with a blue diagonal cross, while a red cloth with the same blue cross and a white cross (as in my photo). But at one time the red paint burned out and thus the St. Andrew's flag hung on the nose (although in the past it was a jack). When I visited the cruiser, the old jack was already replaced with a new one, and now it looks as it should.
The cruiser, named after Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov, was laid down 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, «Mikhail Kutuzov» turned out to be the closest vessel to the battleship. Of 93 people sent from the cruiser to help the crew «Novorossiysk», killed 27. In 1957, the cruiser sailed around Europe and heading for the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the October Revolution in Leningrad, received the task: to check the ship to go through a heavy storm on the way. In the area of the Shetland Islands, a 9-point storm almost put the cruiser on board, she was damaged, but resisted and reached Leningrad, and after repairs she took part in a festive parade on the Neva. In 1961, the film was filmed on the cruiser «Shore leave», where Vladimir Vysotsky played a small role. At the same time, Yuri Gagarin paid an official visit to the ship. In 1964 «Mikhail Kutuzov» the first of the ships of the Black Sea Fleet entered combat service in the Mediterranean. In June 1967, she was in the port of Alexandria, providing assistance to the Egyptian armed forces, and in 1968 the cruiser was sent to Syria. During the service cruiser «Mikhail Kutuzov» 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, then in 1992 she was expelled from the Navy, after which she was laid up in Sevastopol. The ship was decommissioned in 1998. In 2001, the ship was transferred to Novorossiysk. During the years of service, he traveled 211,900 miles. Previously, the crew of the cruiser was 1200 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 St. Andrew's flag is raised over the cruiser and descends exactly at sunset. The ship has more than 2000 rooms, including cabins, cockpits and even libraries. You can inspect the navigator's cabin, the officer's wardroom, the flagship's cabin - usually the high-ranking guests of the ship, the officers' cabin, the crew quarters of the conscripts. The cruiser tour starts from the artillery tower, then visitors go to the command compartment, where the cabins of the ship's commander, chief of staff and flagship are located. In the flagship's cabin, you can see an exposition telling about the commander-in-chief of the USSR Navy S.G. Gorshkov. In the commander's cabin, there is a stand with photographs of the cruiser commanders. In the cabin of the chief of staff, the exposition is dedicated to Field Marshal M.I. Kutuzov. After visiting the tower of the main caliber, the excursion continues in the cockpits, where you can get acquainted with the life of the sailors. The next cockpit tells about the history of domestic cruisers, starting from the 60s of the XIX century and, further, the history of the cruiser itself «Mikhail Kutuzov». The excursion ends at the forecastle and the bow of the ship, where you can see the device of the anchor.
Information to visit
Admission is paid, the cost of the excursion is 200 rubles for adults, 100 rubles for students. A group of 10 people is recruited.
Non-professional photo / video filming 50 rubles.
Professional photo / video filming 1000/2000 rubles.
As a rule, they are allowed inside with a guided tour. In the season, the group is recruited quickly, but in the off-season, either you have to wait a long time, or they can be admitted without a guide. It's not so interesting without a guide, but you can walk longer and take a closer look at everything, and then read all the information on the Internet.
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Cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov
Cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov
The 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.
The huge cruiser from which the museum is made stands in the port of Novorossiysk. You can visit, both independently and with a guided tour. The entrance is paid.More