Once Under the Russian Flag - Captain Cassidy said he asked that Murmansk be made a port of call because ―we had to stop somewhere‖ and because the Southwind had once sailed under the Russian flag. That was between 1945 and 1950 when, under the provisions of the lend-lease program, she sailed as the Admiral Markarov. Murmansk, the world‘s largest city north of the Arctic Circle, is Russia‘s major northern port. During World War II massive aid was funneled into Russia through that port by convoys out of England. Sailors assigned to the Murmansk run braved submarines on the southern leg of the route and bitter cold on the northern leg.
While in the Russian port, Southwind crewmen laid wreaths at a Soviet military cemetery and at a cemetery for allied soldiers and sailors. During the cruise the ship also paid a visit to Copenhagen, broke the year‘s first sea channel to Thule, Greenland, and helped search for survivors from a Russian aircraft that was lost en route to Peru.