My travels in Sweden:
I believe most of you have seen the TV-series The Onedin line, it's about the family Onedin and their old sailing ships.
I like these old wooden sailing ships and also steam ships. My girlfriend gave me a birthday gift, a cruise with the schooner Vega. Now I bring you with us on this cruise, follow my photo session here:
A cruise with the schooner Vega in August 2013:
The schooner Vega waiting for us at the old harbor Nybrokajen in Stockholm city.
More to read about what kind of ship a schooner is at Wikipedia:
Direct we can see what a lot of work that has been done on this ship to have it in top condition. It has a rescue boat too, it feels safe.
The ship is built at Viken in Skåne, it has three masts. On a sign we get some data about the ship:
On all sailing ships, lots of ropes are needed to control the sails.
Waxholmsbolaget's old office.
Somewhere I have read that one square meter of sail compare to 1 kW or 1.5 hp during an optimal case. To fit enough area of sails on a boat you need very high masts and many of them, this ship has three.
After about 20 minutes the crew prepare for the departure.
The captain take the steering wheel.
The captain plan todays cruise, weather looks fine but not very much wind.
At the island Skeppsholmen you can find a lot of old ships anchored. In the background, Moderna Museet (the Modern Museum).
The ferry Emelie passing by.
To get some speed more sails needed, hard work for the crew.
Gunilla needs coffee.
Instructions how to repair the ship in case of emergency.
All guest could do exercise how to set the sails.
The sun disappear and we expect it could be rain soon.
A tug passing by, it towing a ship, do we need it too? No, in case of no wind there is a Diesel engine on Vega.
A lot of old boats are out on sea today, this is the steam ship Storskär, belonging to Waxholmsbolaget.
We will not set any speed record this day, the wind is still weak.
The captain has left over the steering wheel to the crew.
The engine controls and the compass, no digital instrumentation here!
There are a lot of time to study the wooden details.
More to read about the schooner Vega at Wikipedia:
The steam ship Gustafsberg VII passing by, we have the island Lidingö behind.
Now the rain has started and the wind is very weak. The captain started the engine to take us home.
The bilge pump, made by Carl Axelsen Svendborg.
The anchor winch.
Chain to the anchor.
It's complicated with all these ropes that control the sails, each has it own purpose.
You have seen all those old pirate movies, they use these to knock the enemy down.
Included was a typical sea farers soup lunch.
Myself enjoying the cruise with Vega.
We can't catch up with the steamer.
Gunilla prepare to help the crew with the ropes.
Closing in to the harbor and a lot of activity starts on the deck.
Is it really necessary with all these ropes?
Another old steamer, Frithiof.
Steamer Stockholm, I think I have read that in the beginning of 20th century we had more then hundred steamships crossing the lakes and sea in Stockholm.
The anchor, a big version of the anchor my father had on his boat Monalisa.
What a great day we had on this ship, great thanks to the crew.
More to read about skonaren Vega: