Opening of the GDR-USSR ferry service, Klaipeda - Neu Mukran. Soviet printed stationery, 1986

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    The USSR considered Poland to be a bit flaky should the balloon go up, leaving the GDR, its best mate, completely isolated. To solve this potential problem, a railway ferry between New Mukran on Ruegen and Klaipeda (known as Memel in German) in LitSSR was inaugurated.
    Now, the ferry connects 2 EU countries, Lithuania and Germany, thus bypassing the possibly flaky Poland whose relations with Lithuania are never easy, should the balloon go up...
    Hence the ferry stays. One used to be able to travel on this ferry as a passenger.

    There's a whole web forum devoted to the Sassnitz and Mukran ferries here
    forum-schiff.de/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=3147

    et seq.

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    1. Paweł Piotrowski 57 months ago | reply

      Nowadays the economic relations between Poland and Lithuania are good, there is no danger of blocking the German trade with Baltics because of any troubles in Poland. We can't forget about the militar aspect of this ferry service in the 80s- there was always a possibility of carrying troops by this ferries. Today some Lithuanian trucks driving to northern Germany can use this ferry link instead of travel throuh Poland and of course railway freight is served as well. Thanks for sharing this!

    2. sludgegulper 57 months ago | reply

      That's much better for everybody. In 1995, I knew an Englishman who travelled on it with his bicycle. I would love to go on it.

    3. Paweł Piotrowski 57 months ago | reply

      Nice trip by bike :)

    4. sludgegulper 57 months ago | reply

      Yes PP, he travelled from Klaipeda to Estonia.
      I love your truck drawings. Will comment there.

    5. Paweł Piotrowski 56 months ago | reply

      Thanks a lot. M/V Petersburg (built for this ferry service as M/V Mukran for the state owned shipping company of former Eastern Germany) is laid-up in Szczecin-Poland and waiting for a buyer. I saw this ship in August 2009 and I was really impressed. She's 190 m long and 28 m breadth. But there are other ferries serving route Baltics-Germany so such a travel is still possible, even by bike :) Greetings

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