The icebreaker «Lenin»


The nuclear icebreaker “Lenin” is the first in the world vessel with nuclear power facility. The icebreaker was built in USSR, primarily, for service of the Northern Sea Route. It was launched on the 5th of December 1957. Due to the large capacity of the power facility and high level of autonomy, the icebreaker showed great performance during first navigations. The use of nuclear icebreaker allowed extending significantly the navigation. Only for the first 6 years of exploitation, the icebreaker got over 82 thousand nautical miles and lead independently more than 400 vessels. The icebreaker “Lenin” was in operation for 30 years and in 1989 it was took out of service and put endless stop in Murmansk. Currently it works as a museum.