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    RUSSIAN SAILING SHIP NADEZHDA ABOUT TO COMPLETE HER ROUND-THE-WORLD VOYAGE

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    VLADIVOSTOK, JANUARY 25 (RIA Novosti corr. Anatoly Ilyukhov) - The Russian sailing vessel Nadezhda has been voyaging the world for exactly a year now. According to the Nevelsky Naval Academy, the Nadezhda's current trip marks the bicentenary of the round-the-world voyage led by Ivan Krusenstern and Yuri Lisyansky, and is trying to follow the route of that historic expedition as closely as possible.

    Scientists doing research on ecosystems of the world's oceans are on board along with the crew. The Nadezhda has more than two-thirds of the distance behind her. Having crossed the Pacific, the Indian and the Atlantic Oceans, the vessel has less than 10,000 miles to go before she arrives in her port of registration, Vladivostok, in late March. After taking part in St. Petersburg's 300th anniversary celebrations last year, she headed on to Great Britain, the Canary Islands, Brazil, Falkland Islands, Chile, Tahiti and Fiji.

    Today, the vessel is leaving Fiji, to set sail for the Vietnamese port Haifon. The final leg of her voyage will include stopovers in Hong Kong, China, Japan, and South Korea.

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