This ice breaker, built in Newcastle in 1916, went through the troublesome history of Russia. It belonged to the Imperial fleet and was sabotaged in 1918 so as not to let it fall in the hands of the Red Army. Raised by the British, it sailed for a while under their flag. It was then bought by the Soviet in 1921. Six years later, it was renamed after Bolshevik leader Leonid Krasin (1870-1926).
The Krasin ice-breaker went through many adventure during the years it served. After becoming a scientific ship in Arctic it was turned into a museum in 1992. Since 2004, it is one of the branches of the National Museum of Ocean based in Kaliningrad.