Ship No 10 (Wave 1)
Overview Of The Turkmenistan
The Turkmenistan was an unknown type and was owned by an unknown entity.
It was one of the official ships (unofficial flotillas of fishing boats were also involved) organised by Stalin in 1942 at Krasnovodsk (Russian: Красноводск) (Modern day Türkmenbaşy) to transport Polish exiles (also mistakenly called "deportees") who had been held captive in Siberia/Kazakhstan labour camps over the Caspian Sea to Pahlevi (Pahlavi) now called Banzar-e Anzali which is in modern day Northwest Iran.
From passenger testimonies & any other available data this is a "best educated guess" of the ships movements.
- Embark: 30/03/42 (Gustav Herling) | Time: ?
- Depart: 31/03/42 | Time: ?
- Arrive: 01/04/42 (Ross report) | Time: ?
Extract From "The Ross Report"
According to the Ross Report, here is who was on this ship;
- A World Apart - Gustaw Herling-Grudziński P240 & P241 - "March 26th, 1942 10th division from Lugovoye was transported on a goods train through Dzambul, Arys, Tashkent, Dzizak, Samarkand, Bukhara, Tchardzhau, and Ashkhabad to Krasnowodsk. March 30th embarked on 2 ships leaving the port..Agamali Ogly and Turkmenistan. Arrived Night of April 2nd at Pahlevi." (As ship 9 contained his unit, the 10th Light Artillery Regiment then ship 10 has to be the "THE TURKMENISTAN"). See: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Kresy-Siberia/conversations/messages/55249