Ship No 16 (Wave 1)
The ship 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: ? | Time: ?
- Depart: ? | Time: ?
- Arrive: 04/04/42 (Ross report) | Time: ?
Extract From "The Ross Report"
According to the Ross Report, here is who was on this ship.
- Account of Ryszard Lange via his son Marek - "Was only 12 years old when he made the journey to Pahlavi so doesn’t remember all details. The ship on which he travelled was called “Dagestan”. My dad says that they embarked some time in the afternoon at Krasnovodsk & disembarked at night in Pahlavi at the wharf. He cannot remember if the journey took 1.5 or 2.5 days but thinks it must have been 1.5 days. He slept in one of the lifeboats under the tarpauline cover. He cannot remember the exact date but remembers that the Poles were celebrating Easter at that time." (Editors Note: Good to see a mention of the Dagestan, we don't know yet whether it was this ship, but for now will assume it was)"