November 25, 2016
2016 Expedition flashbacks: Cape Kartesh
The 2016 expedition participants arrived at Cape Kartesh White Sea Biological Station on June 23, 2016.
The White Sea Biological Station of the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences Director Alexey Sukhotin shared some details about the “white” period of Kartesh:
Kartesh was launched in Astrakhan in 1973. It was customized for the White Sea Biological Station of the Zoological Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences. The vessels of RS-300 class were usually designed in the Russian Far East for the Pacific Fishery Fleet. Kartesh was built in Astrakhan, as it was initially meant to be utilized for research purposes in the western part of the country.
With a helping hand of the USSR Academy of Sciences Biology Department Secretary and Zoology Institute director Boris Bykhovsky, together with the renowned soviet polar explorer Ivan Papanin, Kartesh started to serve national science in the Barents and the White Sea.
The White Sea biological station have been utilizing the vessel 1974 to 1999. The first research voyage took place in August 1974, and the last one occurred even after the vessel had been sold, in May 1999. The ship’s white boards became renowned among the biological station employees as well as all the northern region dwellers. The station employees upgraded the vessel twice, in 1978 and in 1982.
We have described our visit to the station in the expedition journal, and we share new photos from Cape Kartesh on this page.