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My travels in Sweden:
A cruise with the schooner Vega, 2013


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:

Nybrokajen:

My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 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:


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

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.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

The ship is built at Viken in Skåne, it has three masts. On a sign we get some data about the ship:

  • Built: in Viken 1909
  • Renovation: 1993 to 2008
  • BTW: 148 tons
  • Length: 30.5 meters
  • Width: 7.75 meters
  • Sail area: 650 m2
  • Machine: Callesen Diesel, 260 hp
  • Take up to 70 guests

My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

On all sailing ships, lots of ropes are needed to control the sails.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

Waxholmsbolaget's old office.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

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.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

After about 20 minutes the crew prepare for the departure.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

The captain take the steering wheel.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

The captain plan todays cruise, weather looks fine but not very much wind.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


Skeppsholmen:

My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

At the island Skeppsholmen you can find a lot of old ships anchored. In the background, Moderna Museet (the Modern Museum).


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


Masthamnen:

My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

The ferry Emelie passing by.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

To get some speed more sails needed, hard work for the crew.


Blockhusudden:

My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

Skylights.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

Gunilla needs coffee.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

Instructions how to repair the ship in case of emergency.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

All guest could do exercise how to set the sails.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

The sun disappear and we expect it could be rain soon.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


Lidingö:

My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

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.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

A lot of old boats are out on sea today, this is the steam ship Storskär, belonging to Waxholmsbolaget.


Nacka Strand:

My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

We will not set any speed record this day, the wind is still weak.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

The captain has left over the steering wheel to the crew.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

The engine controls and the compass, no digital instrumentation here!


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

There are a lot of time to study the wooden details.

More to read about the schooner Vega at Wikipedia:


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

The steam ship Gustafsberg VII passing by, we have the island Lidingö behind.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


Lidingö:

My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

Now the rain has started and the wind is very weak. The captain started the engine to take us home.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

The bilge pump, made by Carl Axelsen Svendborg.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

The anchor winch.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

Chain to the anchor.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

It's complicated with all these ropes that control the sails, each has it own purpose.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

You have seen all those old pirate movies, they use these to knock the enemy down.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

Included was a typical sea farers soup lunch.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

Myself enjoying the cruise with Vega.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


Blockhusudden:

My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

We can't catch up with the steamer.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

Gunilla prepare to help the crew with the ropes.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

Closing in to the harbor and a lot of activity starts on the deck.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


Waldemarsudde:

My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

Is it really necessary with all these ropes?


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


Strandvägen:

My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

Another old steamer, Frithiof.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

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.


Nybrokajen:

My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

The anchor, a big version of the anchor my father had on his boat Monalisa.


My travels in Sweden: A cruise with the schonner Vega, 2013

What a great day we had on this ship, great thanks to the crew.

More to read about skonaren Vega:

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