Mrinal VI

Posted: 3 July, 2009 by SeaBart in ugly
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Mrinal VI

IMO : 6504010

Build : 1965 by Ateliers et Chantiers de Nantes (Bretagne-Loire), Nantes in France, nr 14710 as Nataliya Kovshova

This one is an ugly ship “par excellent”, on above picture she is looking a bit run & worn-down and neglected but even in her glory days (if you can call them that) she was the strangest looking vessel……see below picture:

Dunno source, via the Interweb

Dunno source, via the Interweb

They made a big mistake during the building of this vessel: they put the accommodation on her facing the wrong way!! and nobody noticed during her whole life-time!!

Dunno source, via the Interweb

Dunno source, via the Interweb

I guess it got something to do with the fact that fishermen are more looking aft to their fishing gear then forward to the rest of the world….anyway: here is a pic of one of her 2 sisterships which explains a bit more.

All 3 of them are definitely classed as OUS: Official Ugly Ships!!

Picture by J Torregrosa via the Interweb

Picture by J Torregrosa via the Interweb

Rest assured that 2 out of 3 are already scrapped….the third one probably as well!


  1. Ben says:

    I’m a keen wreck diver. And I cannot think of a better use for this ship than as a dive site.

    Any plans to scuttle her?

  2. FOYEN says:

    I’ve seen that trawler in real, twice, where I live. I remember in 2000 she was in my port unloading fish stuff – I was able to view only the bow, so I thought like it’s a some rusty reefer or trawler with low accommodation (as I can’t see it all) and behind it there’s a stern (accommodation) of some modern container feeder with 2 funnels. On next day I asked my friend who worked in the port about it & he replied: “First time I see a ship with the funnels infront of wheelhouse!”
    Later, in summer 2004, I saw this very trawler laid up at local fish factory & probably was getting ready for Alang. “The accommodation placed in the wrong way” is exactly what came first on mind. Even the ladders to the wheelhouse are going up in the stern direction!

    Such design is caused that that gensets & fish canning factory itself was in the bow part of the hull while on the stern there was an electromotor for propulsion. So there was no need to have funnels in a usual for Russian trawlers place. Also this was one of the first Russian fishing canner super trawler, so yeah.

    Ship info:
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    And to end an essay, here are more pics of her:


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