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[i]While in Murmansk, from 4 to 7 September 1970, over 700 local citizens visited the ship. CAPT Cassidy paid homage to Soviet and American dead at a local cemetery where American and other Allied sailors killed near Murmansk were buried. Also, the Soviets returned an Apollo training capsule (BP-1227) that they had recovered at sea. Apparently the U.S. Air Force Aerospace Rescue and Recovery personnel who were using the 9,500 pound capsule for training but lost it at sea near the Azores in February, 1969. It was recovered by a Soviet fishing trawler. Southwind, after first sustaining a "bump" by a Soviet icebreaker while departing Murmansk for home, carried the capsule back to the U.S. and deposited it at Norfolk before ending her cruise at Baltimore on 17 November 1970.[/i]
[i]The Soviet Union announced today that it had found an experimental capsule from the United States Apollo space program and would turn it over to a United States Coast Guard cutter in the northern port of Murmansk tomorrow.
The cutter Southwind, an icebreaker, has been on an oceanographic research mission in northern waters and was scheduled to make a routine stop in Murmansk for the weekend.
Embassy sources said that the Soviet Government had informed the embassy about three weeks ago that fishermen from Murmansk, while working in the Bay of Biscay, off France, had found a capsule.[/i]
[i]The Soviet Union loaded a wayward American space capsule aboard a US Coast Guard ship Sunday and US officials said it "appears to an Apollo mockup capsule" of the type reported lost by the Navy in 1968.[/i]
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