Russian Ship Hits and Damages Icelandic Coastguard Vessels
The Russian tall ship Kruzenshtern ended its visit to Reykjavík yesterday (June 11) by ramming the Icelandic Coastguard patrol ships Thor and Tyr, which were docked at the quayside. Both Icelandic vessels sustained damage.
Kruzenshtern also visited Iceland in 2009 and spent a weekend as part of celebrations to mark 65 years since the end of the Second World War.
This is not the first time the Russian naval cadets’ ship has hit another vessel: last August it hit a 17-meter-long tug off Esjberg in Denmark, resulting in the smaller boat sinking.
Kruzenshtern was built in 1926 in Bremen, Germany and was given to the Russians at the end of the Second World War. It now sails out of the Russian port of Kaliningrad, which was once part of Prussia and was called Königsberg. It was home to the philosopher Immanuel Kant.
By Alëx Elliott June 12, 2015