The 1st Independent Polish Parachute Brigade

(1 Samodzielna Brygada Spadochronowa)

Ship No X2 (Wave 1)
Na Vakhte (Later Sunk)


The ship was an unknown type and was owned by an unknown entity.

It was one of the unofficial flotillas of fishing boats 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.

Ship Movements

From passenger testimonies & any other available data this is a "best educated guess" of the ships movements.

  • Embark: 1942 | Time:
  • Depart: 01/04/42 (Account Of Feliks Lachman) | Time:
  • Arrive: 03/04/42 | Time: ("At Dawn"..We landed at 9am..This was Good Friday") (Account Of Feliks Lachman)

Related Accounts

  • I was a Gulag Prisoner By Feliks Lachman, P87  - "We arrived at the port of Krasnovodsk on April Fools Day. The "Na Vakhte" steamer was waiting for us...The checking was not very severe, that is why a few soviet citizens (men and women) managed to cross the frontier. The "sailors" looked like landlubbers, and the following voyage of the same steamer across the Caspian Sea ended up in her sinking with all hands. On April 3rd at dawn we touched the land at Pahlevi in Iran. We landed at 9am...This was Good Friday, 1942. (Editors Note: What an incredible testimony full of facts. And, at last, we have the name of the boat that sunk along with supporting dates.)"