P. S. Mitrofanov was born in 1915. He was not only an outstanding deep sea captain, but also a remarkable scientist, a historian and a writer. From 1948 to 1958 Pyotr Mitrofanov commanded the STS Sedov, supervised her repair, engaged various trainings for her crew. From 1959 to 1960, he also commanded the STS Kruzenshtern and headed Sedov's and Kruzenshtern's expedition. From 1969 to 1974 he was working as Sedov’s Master. He passed away on September 1, 1991.
Mitrofanov's personal compass is kept on the STS Sedov. Today, during the solemn meeting, the relic was shown to the crew and cadets. Without a doubt, his compass will become a reliable talisman for everyone on board.
Photos by V. Semidyanov