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Requisitioned Auxiliary - Alexander
Previous name: ST ALEXANDRE NEVSKY HMS ALEXANDER
Subsequent name: LENIN VLADIMIR ILYICH LENIN
Pennant No: N.N3 / N.9A
Laid down: June 1916
Builder: Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Walker-on-Tyne
Launched: 23 December 1916
Into Service: 1918
Out of service: 1921
Fate: 1977 broken up
Items of historic interest involving this ship: -
Background Data: She was one of two icebreakers, one being built while the other had already been delivered, for the Russians which were seized by the British during the Russian Revolution. Both were however returned to their rightful owners at a later stage under a Trade Agreement
June 1916 Laid down.
23 December 1916 launched by Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Walker-on-Tyne as Yard Nr 905 named ST ALEXANDRE NEVSKY.
June 1917 seized before completion.
September 1917 commissioned as HMS ALEXANDER
1918 - 1919 took part in the Allied Intervention against the Bolsheviks.
10 July 1918 came face to face with the heavily-armed SVIATOGOR on the North Dvina River at Archangel, but conflict was avoided.
1 November 1919 pennant Nr changed.
1921 returned to the Russian Government
1923 renamed LENIN after the leader of the Bolsheviks during the Russian Revolution
1937 trapped in ice. She and her convoy of five ships spent an enforced winter in the Laptev Sea. They were finally rescued by icebreaker Krasin in August 1938
August 1938 was rescued by the icebreaker KRASIN
23 February 1944 sailed Archangel in Convoy BK 854
28 February 1944 convoy BK 854 arrived Murmansk
23 April 1944 sailed Archangel in Convoy BK 1254
27 April 1944 convoy BK 1254 arrived Murmansk
1957 renamed VLADIMIR ILYICH LENIN
April 1968 hulked.
1977 broken up in Russia