Mumii Troll is referenced below… here’s one of their songs.
One month has passed since the Sedov started its around-the-world voyage. However, the legendary vessel is still in Europe owing to a busy programme. The Sedov is underway only under sails, without using her engines. Captain Nikolai Zorchenko said, “Recently, we ended almost a 200-mile voyage from Kiel to Binz, a city on the island of Rügen. In short, we successfully sailed in the Baltic”. In fact, the ship used six sails out of 32 in order not to sail too quickly; it arrived in Binz ahead of schedule. Captain Zorchenko said, “We welcomed the Mayor of Binz and other officials of the island of Rügen on board the ship when we arrived there. This island has strong historical links with Russia and the former Soviet Union. The famous shipyards of Stralsund and Sassnitz are located close by. Ships were built for the Soviet Union in this city and port, and Russian sailors often visited here”.
At present, the Sedov has sailed back to Kiel. Several days ago, it sailed into Kiel harbour to take part in the famous Kieler Woche (Kiel Week). On 23 June, the Russian vessel will participate in the grand festival of sailing ships. In fact, there was a grand welcome when the ship sailed into the port. The Russian rock band Mumii Troll, which is sailing on board the Sedov, added a “particular flavour” to the event. In the evening, Mumii Troll staged a concert on the deck. Captain Zorchenko observed, “Around us there were houses with terraces and several hundreds of people gathered to listen to the music presented by the Russian band”.
On the same day, there was another extraordinary event on board the ship. It set out to sea at the request of businessman Tomas Vinnen, the grandson of Magdalene Vinnen. The Sedov was originally named Magdalene Vinnen II. Captain Zorchenko said, “The Vinnen family, the first owner of the ship, organised a reception on board the Sedov. Many interesting guests, Kiel municipal officials, shipping company executives, and journalists attended the event. They especially noted that the ship is on a voyage around the world, despite the fact that it’s 91-years-old. The common conclusion was that the Germans built the ship well, whilst the Russians have kept it in tip-top shape”. After the events in Kiel, the Sedov returned back to normal. On 23 June, the Sedov will take part in a parade of tall ships in Kiel in all its glory. Captain Zorchenko believes that it’ll undoubtedly be the favourite of the parade, saying, “I wish people in Russian ports could see such an attractive spectacle”.
21 June 2012
Voice of Russia World Service