Glasgow - Hamburg - Mariehamn
May 2017-February 2018
Åland Maritime Museum's special exhibit tells the story of the Pommern and displays original objects.
The fourmasted bark Pommern is closed for the public during 2017 and that is why we have moved the proud ship indoors instead, says Heidi Viktorsson, curator of outreach. We want to tell the story of Pommern and her origin, Viktorsson continues. Why was she built, what are her specifications as a cargo transporting ship and how did she end up on Åland. The Pommern was already 20 years old when she was bought by the Ålandic shipowner Gustaf Erikson. Before she ended up in Erikson's fleet she had served several German shipping companies, among them the Laeisz shipping company in Hamburg as one of their famous "Flying P-liners".
Pommern with good speed
The main deck on board the Pommern is being changed at the moment and that is why we have been able to move some of the deck equiptment indoors, says Viktorsson. The equiptment is very heavy and we have taken in different winches and capstans. You can also watch a 20 minutes long film in the exhibit that shows Pommern's journey to Australia in 1936-1937.
8th June - 8th October
The charitable trust Åland Maritime Museum displays Viapori dockyard - a bridge to the future in the exhibition area for smaller exhibits.
The exhibit is on loan from The Maritime Museum of Finland in Kotka and it shows a selection of photos from a larger photo exhibition. The photographer and journalist Jacopo Brancati is specialized in maritime history and he has worked for several European museums and magazines. He started to document the Viapori dockyard in 2011 with the aim to bring attention to the dockyard and its ships, and in this way contribute to preserve the Finnish heritage. The Viapori dockyard boast an almost 300 years uninterupted activity. Where once galleys and war frigates were built, today ships with historic significance are repaired or restored. Every winter the dockyard shelters what is left of a fleet of wooden sailing ships built in the aftermath of the second World war for the coastal trade. Thanks to the tenacity and passion of two generations of people who sailed and lovingly preserved them, some ships survive to the present day.
Photo: Jacopo Brancati
The kantele player and composer Arja Kastinen has created a soundtrack for the exhibition.
The exhibition "Viapori dockyard - bridge to the future" is produced by Viaporin Telakka ry.
OPEN DAILY 10:00 - 17:00
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