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Meeting the Yamal

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2008-07-27 04:43 UTC Click images for enlargements. 84°40.06'N 51°28.82'E

As we were heading south from the Pole, we happened to pass Atomflot sister ship Yamal, which we'd last seen at the dock in Murmansk, heading north.

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2008-07-27 04:46 UTC 84°40.48'N 51°29.96'E

The Yamal can be instantly recognised by its unique toothy grin. In winter, ice forms on the anchors, giving the impression of eyes above the jaws.

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2008-07-27 04:47 UTC 84°40.53'N 51°30.44'E

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2008-07-27 04:54 UTC 84°40.52'N 51°30.62'E

The Yamal was using its forced air system to ease its passage through the ice—note the foam around the bow.

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2008-07-27 04:58 UTC 84°39.97'N 51°31.57'E

by John Walker
August 20th, 2008
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