110 Years Have Passed Since the Birth of Anna Shchetitina, the World’s First Female Captain of Long Voyages

Maritime State University named after Admiral GI. Nevelskoy became the center of a series of events and public events timed to the 110th anniversary of the birth of the world’s first female captain of the sea Anna Shchetinina. For all the thousands of staff of the University, the end of February was marked by the famous female captain, who trained several generations of his successors during the years of work as assistant professor at the Department of Ship Management and Technical Maintenance.

Celebrations began with the laying of flowers to the bust of AI Shchetinina in the square of her name. Vice-President of the Far Eastern Association of Sea Captains Vyacheslav Smelov, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Veterans of the Far Eastern Shipping Company Yury Nosarev, Chairman of the Marine Section of the Primorsky Branch of the Russian Geographical Society, the Society for the Study of the Amur Region Vladimir Verevkin, the Vice-rector of the Moscow State University for Educational Work and Military training Yaroslav Vitkalov. Employees, university teachers, veterans, cadets of the navigational faculty laid flowers at the foot of the monument.

A group of cadets from the 14th company of the navigational faculty visited the legendary captain of the city’s school No. 16, in which she studied. Cadets spoke to the boys with a story about the life of AI Shchetinina, carried out under her captain’s leadership flights in the years of the Great Patriotic War on ships carrying cargo for the front, on her work in DVVIMU him. adm. G.I. Nevelskoy, where her lectures and lessons are still remembered.

Celebration of the significant date will continue at the university solemn meeting on February 28. The museum will open the jubilee exhibition dedicated to the glorious captain’s way of A.I. Shchetininoy.

Captain Anna Ivanovna Shchetinina occupies a special place in the Gallery of Glory of the Maritime University. After the completion of the navigational department of the Vladivostok Maritime College, A.I. Shchetinin is sent to Kamchatka, where she begins her working life as a simple sailor, at 24, she is a navigator, in 27 – a captain, and all this for six years.

In 1938, Anna Ivanovna was instructed to create the Vladivostok fishing port almost from scratch. She is 30 years old at the time. She coped with the task brilliantly for six months. At the same time, he goes to the Institute of Water Transport in Leningrad and successfully completes 4 courses in 2.5 years.

In the hardest conditions of the first months of the war Anna Shchetinina on the steamer “Saule” made truly “fiery” flights, carrying various cargoes and troops, participated in the evacuation of Tallinn. Time was sparse for rewards, but Captain Schetinin was considered worthy of the Order of the Red Star. Since the fall of 1941, she returned to the Far East, where until the end of the war she provided strategic transportation in the interests of the belligerent country, including delivering cargo through lend-lease.

After the war, Anna Shetinina led a huge public activity. She founded the section of navigation and oceanology in the Primorsky branch of the Russian Geographical Society and headed it herself. A few years later she became chairman of the Primorsky branch of the Russian Geographical Society. Was the organizer of the “Club of Captains” in Vladivostok. She wrote books about the sea and textbooks for cadets.

Her merits were highly appreciated by fellow captains abroad. For her sake, the famous Australian club of captains “Rotary Club” has changed the age-old tradition and not only invited the woman to her club, but also gave her the floor at the forum of captains. And during the celebration of the 90th anniversary of Anna Ivanovna, she was presented with a congratulation on behalf of captains of Europe and America.

world's first female captain of the sea Anna Shchetinina

For the courage and bravery shown during the Great Patriotic War, and the merits in the development of sea transport AI. She was awarded two Orders of Lenin, the Order of the Patriotic War II degree, the Red Star, the Red Banner of Labor, medals “For the Defense of Leningrad”, “For Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945”, “For Victory over Japan”. For her heroism she was awarded the title Hero of Socialist Labor, Honored Worker of Transport of the Russian Federation, Honorary Worker of the Moscow Patriarchate, Honorary Citizen of Vladivostok.

Anna Ivanovna died in 1999. Along with the school №16 and the park in Vladivostok, the name of this remarkable woman is named the cape on the coast of the Amur Bay, the street in the Snegovaya Pad district, but the main memorial to the legendary captain was the grateful memory of thousands of sailors, whom she paved the course into the ocean expanses.


Source: Maritime News of Russia