Look at Life - Icebreakers - Keeping Shipping Routes Open from 1966
Another of the Look at Life Documentaries - Volume One - Transport - Breaking the Ice - from March 1966 - Taking a look at the Icebreakers responsible for keeping shipping routes open.
Some of the ships seen in the video are listed below with full details about the main Icebreaker Sampo.
Esso Fennia – Tanker
Built 1960 in Finland
Length – 92m Breadth – 14m
2668 grt 3675 dwt Summer
Reem B 1976-1981
Ioanna K. 1983
Scrapped in Eleusis 2 July 1985
Sampo – Ice Breaker
Completed in Finland 1961
Length – 248 feet; Beam – 57 feet; Height – 46 feet; Draught -23 feet
Decks – 7
Speed 16 knots
Capacity 180 – Compliment 9
Icebreaking capability 80-120cm solid ice.
The Sampo has a long and distinguished service record. The massive vessel, which was completed in 1961, was built to operate in extreme arctic conditions. In the northern part of the Gulf of Bothnia it kept lanes free for shipping for nearly 30 years. Its predecessor of the same name (1898–1960) was the first icebreaker in Europe with a propeller in the bow and stern. The ship is now used for tourist cruises.
The town of Kemi bought Sampo from the National Board of Navigation in the year 1987. The price of the vessel was 19 pennies per kilogram i.e. 1 million Finnish Mark (about 167 000 €). Just by making a purchase decision Sampo got the Finnish Tourist Boards reward of Best Tourism Product of the year 1987.
During the late winter 1988 Sampo started its career among tourism. Sampo made its first cruise 14.4.1988 with foreign and domestic media. In the year 1989 Sampo had 1000 passengers and year 1994 the record was 6000 passengers. While doing tourist cruises Sampo also kept lanes free for shipping in the northern Gulf of Bothnia.
The home port of Sampo is Ajos in Kemi. During the summer time Sampo stays in its home port but during the wintertime it makes tourist cruises in the Gulf of Bothnia. During the cruise tourists have a chance to go down from the icebreaker and float in the sea dressed in arctic rescue dry suits. They can also participate in the guided ship tour and to get to know the icebreaker from the engine room to the bridge. Sampo can take 150 passengers at a time. Yearly Sampo takes about 10000 tourists to the cruises, and totally there has been passengers from over 50 countries.