The Windjammer "Gorch Fock I" was launched 1933 in Hamburg. 1945 the ship has been sunk by the Wehrmacht in the Strelasund (Northern Germany). 1947 the ship was recovered by the Sovjet Navy as part of German repatriation payments. 1951 she was named "Towarischtsch", her home port became Kherson and she sailed the seas as schooling ship of the Sovjet merchant fleet until 1989. After many detours and obstacles the "Tall Ship Friends e.V." acquired the ship 2003. Since then her berth is Stralsund, where the restauration works can be seen at a ships visit. And: "Towarischtsch" is again "Gorch Fock I".
Read more here: http://www.tallship-friends.de
I was interested having a look inside the small radio station with its former call sign UUVA. The room today (2006) still gives the impression, as if the operator just left for a coffee break: Large piles of handbooks and regulations, Morse key and head-phones are lying around. Some equipment is tailor made and of Sovjet origin, like the power distribution, switching desk, emergency transmitter, etc. Some I couldn't identify.
The equipment of the station UUVA comprises among others
- receiver Cicloida
- receiver EKD 500
- receiver Sibir
- emergency transmitter/receiver
- Teletype terminal with punch accessory
- Facsimile unit with thermal print-out
- power distribution, antenna switching panel, switch desk, etc
My thanks go to Martin Boesch for his help to identify the Russian receivers. Visit his excellent Website: Links