Norway Norwegen
Oslo harbor 1967; "Viking" was originally built as a sail training ship for the Danish merchant fleet. At that time, seaworthiness and cargo capacity were given top priority. One day in July 1909, while carrying a full cargo of wheat from Australia, Captain Niels Clausen recorded a speed record in the ship's log: 15.5 knots (28.7 km/h; 17.8 mph).
In 1929 she was registered under the Finnish flag, and joined the Ă…land-based Erikson fleet of tall ships. She was about to be scrapped in the late 1940s, but was saved by the Swedish government in 1950 and moored in Gothenburg. A suspension bridge built in the late 1960s has effectively locked the ship in, since the masts are taller than the bridge. It is unlikely she ever will sail the open seas again. So this picture could be taken during her last open-sea action.


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Andy Rodker April 15, 2017, 01:35 PM
Excellent!
remmeltmojet April 16, 2017, 09:31 AM
Hello Andy, thanks for Fav and nice comment;. However I just turned the photo 180-horizontal after a search on the internet for a Swedish 4mast barque; it turnd out to be the "Viking", and after a treatment with photoshop it is readable now. Best wishes, Remmelt
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