Crossing The Caspian Sea
The distance from Krasnovodsk to Pahlevi was around 250 nautical miles.
Ageing oil & coal boats were used whereby the passengers were forced to stand due to lack of space and gross overloaded. The . Poles were glad to be escaping the "Inhuman Land" in favour of "Freedom".
The names of the boats, sailing dates and who was on them is covered in extensive detail in the research section of the website where these photos re-appear under their respective boat names.
I have spent much time scouring the web and archives for photos of the boats crossing the Caspian Sea to Pahlevi. Below is every photo known to exist of the Caspian Sea Crossings in 1942. If you know of any others, please, please do get in touch as these are gold dust and full of meaning to thousands of people tracing tracing their Polish roots.
For now, look at these photos and see how almost all of the boats were grossly overcrowded with sick, ill, malnourished Polish people, all desperately fleeing Stalin to the land of freedom, Pahlevi in Persia: