Russian sailing ship Pallada to visit Alaska

The Russian sailing ship Pallada is to call on Kodiak, Alaska on July 21, a spokesperson for ship-owner, Far Eastern State Technical Fishing University, said on Thursday.

Kodiak will be the Pallada’s first port of call during a four-month Pacific expedition. The ship carrying cadets from the Primorye and Kamchatka territories sailed from Vladivostok on July 1. She is to call at ports in the United States, Canada and Japan.

The ship will be open to the public during her three-day stay in Kodiak. Visitors will be able to inspect the tall ship and to see an exhibition dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Yury Gagarin’s space flight and the 270th anniversary of discovering Russian America.   

The crew and cadets will visit the Baranov Museum, the former home of Alexander Baranov, the first governor of Russian Alaska, built in 1808. This is the oldest surviving Russian architectural monument in North America. They will also see the Alutiiq Museum and the Holy Resurrection Church where the relics of Saint Herman of Alaska, the first Orthodox Christian saint in North America, repose.

The Russian cadets, representatives of local youth organizations and students will hold a concert to end  the visit.

In its 22-year history, the Pallada has sailed for 13 years, called at 101 ports in 35 countries and trained 12,000 cadets, midshipmen and students from all over Russia. Guinness World Records lists the Pallada as the fastest sailing ship in the world. It can reach speeds in excess of 18 knots.

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