National Geographic : 1967 Mar
KODACHROMES BY DEANCONGER( N.G.S. Reveling in the blaze of sum mer, merrymakers go ashore from a Sunday excursion cruise to toss a beachball. Sun-starved Siberians make the most of the few weeks a year when bikinis are more practical than furs. Aboard the ship, a social di rector teaches a young passen ger the twist (right). The vessel sandwiches excursions between workaday runs on the Lena River, Siberia's longest at 2,680 miles. The craft belongs to a fleet that supplies river cities from the Arctic port of Tiksi during the ice-free months. Yesterday's news shades the face of a teen-ager bronzing by the Amur River at Khabarovsk, a Far Eastern city only 35 miles from the Chinese border.