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Approved For Release 2008/06/27: CIA-RDP80-0081 OA005800430002-2 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY INFORMATION REPORT This material contains Information affecting the Na- tional Defense of the United States within the mean- Ing of the >bplonage Laws, Title 18, U.S.Q. Secs. 793 and 794, the transmission or revelation of which In any manner to an unauthorlsed person Is prohibited by law. COUNTRY USSR (Baltic) SUBJECT Port of Leningrad REPORT DATE DISTR. 24 January 1955 NO. OF PAOIS 5 REQWREME~ THE IOU*CI NALUATIONI IN THIS rOIV AN OE/NONE. TH[ ANMAIIAL OF CONTM IS TNITATNE. 1709 IN. - MME) east of Seyskari Island (N 60-02, E 28-23), a naval vessel was seen lying at anchor east of buoy No. 2. The vessel was 200 feet long; it had a raked bow, a square cruiser stern, a long forward superstructure, and one twin-barreled gun in a turret on the foredeck. The ship's bridge had a signal mast, and the stack was located close to the bridge. Aft of the stack there was a mount- ing with two Oerlikons,and there were two guns beside each other on the after- deck. The guns on the afterdeck had splinter shields, and were cen me ers. 1' a vessel h ly one mast . There was a gun of about 10 centimeters on the foredeck. 25X1 east of Seyskari Island a Soviet merchant ship was seen crossing the northern minefield see sketch No. 1). The ship was 25X1 about 2,000 to 2,500 DWT and it was loaded. LUNCODED 25X1 (southwest of Kronshtadt, four naval vessels were seen lying at anchor on the starboard side of the reach. The vessels were: a. The OKTYABRSKAYA REVOLYUTSIYA. b. Vessel No. 2, which was somewhat longer than the OKTYABRSKAYA REVOLYUTSIYA. The ship had two stacks, and two gun turrets on both the foredeck and the afterdeck. t re twin-barreled guns in all 25X1 the turrets. The vessel a long o " terdeck, aft of the gun turrets. The vessel lay alongside the 0KTYYABRSKAYA REVOLYUTSIYA. X ARMY NAVY SECRET - US OFFICIALS ONLY a;a 991 AEC (NOTE: Woshiwpoa didribolios+ iwdieated by ,)r; Feld dLMribeli a by 1 4,'.) r / Approved For Release 2008/06/27: CIA-RDP80-00810A005800430002-2 Approved For Release 2008/06/27: CIA-RDP80-0081 OA005800430002-2 SECRET - US OFFICIALS ONLY c. Vessel No. 3,I Iwas an old passenger ship. The ship was about 10,000 tons, and it displayed a naval flag. Informant saw many naval personnel aboard and he believed that the ship was a troop transport. d. Vessel No. 4, which was an old merchant ship of about 6,000 to 7,000 DWT, The vessel displayed a naval flag, and it had a crane on the afterdeck. 4. On passing Kronshtadt, twelve submarines were seen, eight of which were in the western basin, The submarines were of various types and sizes. Many of them had two guns which projected aft; on some of the submarines, these guns were in a line at various heights, and on others they were side by side. Some submarines had guns on the forward edge of the tower. 5. A small submarine (see sketch No. 2) came from Kronshtadt and sailed westward. It was 40 to 50 feet long, and it had an ordinary submarine bow and a wide deck. The craft lay low- in the water; the deck was about two feet above the surface of the water. There were holes for reading the tanks along the entire side (sic). The submarine had a small tower with an oval outline; in the after section of the tower there was an open trap door in which two men were seen.. No periscope was visible. Aft of the tower there was a grill work, which appeared to be made of boards with 10 centimeters between each board. The grillwork was placed lengthwise on the deck. There were two gums side by side on the grillwork. The submarine sailed at a speed of about 16 to 18 knots. When the submarine passed the four vessels mentioned in paragraph 3, it looked as though the two men who were seated in the tower saluted and that the salute was answered by one of the naval vessels. 6. In one of the basins at Kronshtadt there was a naval vessel which resembled the OKTYABRSKAYA REVOLYUTSIYA. The view of this vessel was partly obscured. In the vicinity there was a naval vessel which greatly resembled the one which lay at anchor alongside the OKTYABRSKAYA REVOLYUTSIYA, as well as three vessels which were destro rs. r d h hi seve - a p the bridge on each s al decks and a signal mast, and that the stern was cut at a right angle. There 25X1 were also three sailboats in the basin in addition to an older vessel which seemed to have an entirely clear deck 25X1 with a single gun on it. could see aircraft taking off from an airfield which was located at a considerable distance away in a southwesterly direction. UN~ 9? also saw passenger aircraft several times a day which landed at an airfield in a north- westerly direction. It was said that the aircraft came from Moscow. several naval vessels passed up and down the Morskoy Canal. The vessels were of different types; they were fromo0 to 2,000 tons and that some of the vessels were long and narrow. They were armed with antiaircraft guns. Several submarines. also went up and down th-nal. 10 . one went out in the morning under i A own power and then was towed back again in the evening. This submarine had a gun both fore and aft of the conning tower and it was painted to a point about two feet above the waterline; above that there was only the base coat or unpainted steel. SECRET - US OFFICIALS ONLY Approved For Release 2008/06/27: CIA-RDP80-0081 OA005800430002-2 Approved For Release 2008/06/27: CIA-RDP80-00810A005800430002-2 SECRET - US OFFICIALS ONLY -3- work proceeding on a naval vessel 25X1 at the Marti Shipyard. Only the tower was visible and informant believed that the the vessel was lying in a drydock. At the Baltic Shipyard informant could see two naval vessels under construction. There was a large shi in the sli'? to the west and a smaller one in a slip to the east. no 25X1 stacks or masts on the vessel in the western slip but it had a typical naval tower. The hull appeared to be completed. 12. Outside the Kanonerskiy Shipyard there was a third vessel of the same type as the one which was at anchor alongside the OKTYABRSKAYA REVOLYUTSIYA. A good view of the vessel was prevented by a number of buildings but 25X1 work was being done on its bridge. The masts were incomplete; on y 25X1 the lower parts were in place. One of the masts seemed to be connected with the bridge. 25X1 25X1 13. There were three ships in the Kanonerskiy Shipyard undergoing repairs and a fourth which was under construction. The new ship was from 5,000 to 6,000 DWT and, the work of putting up the masts was underway. There was no special equipment on the ship but on the after-quarter of the boat deck there was a small island which was for an antiaircraft gun. The ship 25X1 did not have a name. One of the vessels which was undergoing repairs was a lumber boat of 2,000 to 3,000 DWT.`. It was at the pier outside the shipyard.,.' the working tenWo at the yard was poor and that the 25X1 work methods were old-fashioned. Almost no work was being done on the new ship. 14+. On departure, the pilot was accompanied by a man who wore a merchant marine uniform with rings and a hollow square on his sleeve. He sat in the chart- house during the entire trip. A guard boat followed from 25X1 the pier to the lightship, where the pilot and his compan op departed. ^^ 15.Iwhile passing Kronshtadtl "ship with the large cannon" as well as the three sailing vessels, all in the same position (para- graph 6). The other vessels looked as if they were in different positions, but the possibilities of observing them were not ticularly good. 25X1 the vessel which had lain 25X1 at anchor beside the OKTYABRSKAYA REVOLYUTSIYA now lay at anchor a short distance beyond the lightship. There was also a destroyer at anchor nearby. SECRET - US-OFFICIALS ONLY Approved For Release 2008/06/27: CIA-RDP80-00810A005800430002-2 Approved For Release 2008/06/27: CIA-RDP80-0081 OA005800430002-2 Approved For Release 2008/06/27: CIA-RDP80-0081 OA005800430002-2 Approved For Release 2008/06/27: CIA-RDP80-00810A005800430002-2 -5- OXCEM - US- OMCIALS" ONLY Approved For Release 2008/06/27: CIA-RDP80-00810A005800430002-2