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Eclipse of the Midnight Sun

August 1st, 2008

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Ships that Pass in the Polar Day

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2008-07-21 08:48 UTC Click images for enlargements. 72°9.25'N 36°52.54'E

The morning after our departure from Murmansk, our ship encountered and made a close photo pass around another Russian icebreaker chartered by Quark Expeditions, the diesel-electric Капитан Хлэбников (Kapitan Khlebnikov), returning to Murmansk from a voyage through the Northeast Passage.

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2008-07-21 08:53 UTC 72°8.96'N 36°51.66'E

Based in Vladivostok, the Khlebnikov is also used in the southern summer for expeditions to Antarctica.

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2008-07-21 09:06 UTC 72°8.95'N 36°51.98'E

After the photo opportunity, the two ships resumed their respective courses, North and South.

by John Walker
August 20th, 2008
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