November 1976 I was asked to go to Vyborg for Germania Schiffahrt to pick
up a new ship and help to bring it to Kiel. It was the "Nopal Camille"
which should have been ready. The whole ships crew went by airplane via
Stockholm to Helsinki and from there through plenty of snow by bus to
Vyborg. When we arrived there the ship was not ready, we had to stay in
the shipyard for 4 weeks because all the ships equipment like linen, matrasses,
plates, cutlery, pots and pans etc. was stuck somewhere at the customs.
The ship was empty. So 4 weeks shipyard food ! Plus a "free" visit to
the October Revolution Celebration of whole Vyborg. Finally when the money
arrived in the russian bank account the delivery took place. It was a
big celebration on the aft deck with plenty of speeches and vodka because
it was the first ship from this yard for export. We then left the next
day for Kiel. It was stricktly not allowed to take fotos but I managed
to take a few secretly. The quality is very poor because it was a dia
slide film and the temperature was very below minus. Manfred