The world’s second largest sailing ship arriving in Docklands for London Olympics

The world’s second largest sailing ship is coming to West India Dock for next month’s Olympics.

The world’s second largest sailing ship is coming to West India Dock for next month’s Olympics.

The Russian four-masted barque and tall ship, Kruzenshtern, built in 1926, will dock at Wood Wharf between 27 July and 10 August, and will be open for public tours.

At 114.5 metres long and 62 metres high, she will just squeeze under the newly-built Thames cable car at Greenwich.

After the Sedov, another Russian sailing ship, she is the largest traditional sailing vessel still in operation. The ship is used to train the Russian navy and the crew is a 150 strong.


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Gareth Stephens, of British Waterways, said: “She’s a unique vessel and I can’t wait to see her sailing down the Thames on 27 July.”

He added that the Docklands will be a “fantastic” place to visit for the Olympics with MS Deutschland, the biggest boat ever known to have visited Docklands, also arriving for the Games.

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Visitors can tour of the Kruzenshtern, including its upper deck, museum, Orthodox temple, crew cabin, engine room, steering wheel, and have a chance to get a photograph with the crew.

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