COMRADE GORCH FOCK
Director: Maksym Afanasiev
Play writers: Mykola Homanyuk and Stella Cristofolini
Composer: Rodion Krasnovyd
The German bark “Gorch Fock-I”, got as the reparations to the USSR, was renamed into “Tovarishch-II” and served as a training vessel of the Soviet maritime college. The cadets from all over the country passed the practical training there. She was both a school of life and one of the brightest events in their youth. The beautiful white bark “Tovarishch” (the name means friend and comrade the same) at a pier a port of registry Kherson was a symbol and pride of the inhabitants of Kherson. After the USSR collapse “Tovarishch” flied the Ukrainian flag. But that was not enough. The vessel needed serious repair. Thus “Tovarishch” went abroad and did not come back. In result the government, in fact, left its tall ship and her crew overseas to the mercy of fate. After several years of many trials “Tovarishch” was sold by Russian company and sailed to Germany. But she did not participate in regattas; instead she was turned into a floating restaurant. The efforts of her historical homeland to put her up the sails were unsuccessful. The marine romance was incompatible with the politic and economic reality. Nobody, except for the small group of the enthusiasts, is anxious about the “Russian scrap” fate.
The real stories of seamen, who served on board the legendary sailing vessel, and the views of the residents of Kherson (UA) and Stralsund (D), the actual port of registry of the bark, force us to turn back to the past and think over the issues, what has happened with our countries and with us.