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Memorial story of Soviet Navy Flagship of 50-th
History of Odessa and lives of many citizens of Odessa is inextricably linked to the history of commercial fleet and the Navy.
One of the most important social priorities of Ukrferry is to support projects aimed at preserving national cultural heritage. One of the tragic, still little known events to which some citizens of Odessa have been a part of is a disaster with a battleship «Novorossiisk» that occurred on October 29, 1955 This tragedy is described by a retired Captain of 1sr rank Bar-Biryukov (Moscow) in his book «Battleship «Novorossiysk» which is to be released with the support of Ukrferry this summer.
The book tells the story of battleship «Novorossiysk», the Soviet Black Sea Fleet flagship late 40's - mid 50's of the XX century. The vessel used to be a part of the Italian Navy under the name of «Giulio Cesare». The author who was the battleship’s officer and served on board the battleship between 1949 and 1954 depicted the ship in vivid detail covering her history, officers and sailors, many interesting details of everyday life of Soviet sailors, hard still full of romance and camaraderie service on board the «Novorossiysk». Separate chapters are devoted to the hero-city of Sevastopol, the development of the naval forces of the USSR, the defense of Odessa and Sevastopol during World War II, sea saboteurs, curious incidents of the postwar period, some historical figures of the era. A large section of the book is devoted to the death of the battleship and an investigation to the real cause of the disaster and to immortalizing the memory of heroes of «Novorossiysk».
For the first time since the disaster of «Novorossiysk» personal data of all those who perished on the battleship is provided, including more than 380 photos and short recollections about officers and sailors of the battleship, rare documents and photographs of mid 20th century from the family collection of an odessite, 3rd rank Engineer Captain Matusevich Efim who died heroically in the line of duty. The book is intended for a wide range of readers interested in the history of the fleet.
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