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Maritimes Museum Hamburg  Discover the world's largest private maritime collection of Prof. Peter Tamm in the heart of Hamburg, Germany. #maritimesmuseum / #immhh

Part 8 of our British Week celebrating the #RoyalVisitGermany2017 :
Look who seems to have had a great time at the helm of our shipping simulator today! Prince William and Duchess Catherine of Cambridge honored us with their visit today, and they found a moment to virtually pilot a container ship in the Port of Hamburg. Would you like to stand where the Royals stood? We offer open guided tours at our simulator every Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday at 2 pm. Extra tours can be booked for groups contacting the museum.
It was a pleasure to to have such distinguished and charming guests today. Auf Wiedersehen, Kate and William!

Part 7 of our British Week to celebrate the #RoyalVisitGermany2017 :
To celebrate that the Dukes of Cambridge will be honoring us with their visit today, we have installed this beautiful model of Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia in the entrance Hall of the museum. HMY Britannia was the 83rd royal yacht of the British monarchy and sailed in service for Queen Elisabeth II from 1954 to 1997. The ship was on diplomatic duty and welcomed on board 4 generations of the British Royal Family, Prince William included. The Royal Yacht Britannia became a museum ship after her retirement and welcomes around 300.000 visitors a year at the Ocean Terminal in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland. The model has a scale of 1:93 and is a loan from the modeling company Ihlenfeldt & Bekerfeld.

Part 6 of our British Week celebrating the #RoyalVisitGermany2017 :
One day before Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, honor us with their visit, we give you a detail of our diorama of the Battle of Trafalgar - on exhibition deck 9. On the 21st of Oktober 1805, 27 British ships of the line defeated a combined fleet of 33 Spanish and French ships near Cape Trafalgar, in the southwestern coast of Spain. The battle took place during of The War of the Third Coalition, which was part of the Napoleonic Wars. Our diorama (in a scale of 1:1250) shows the unusual but very successful strategy that Admiral Horatio Nelson used to to beat an enemy fleet that outnumbered his own: the British fleet approached the French and Spanish in two columns that broke the long line built by the Napoleonic fleet, breaking it in two places. The battle of Trafalgar was a turning point in the Napoleonic conflict. After it, the French naval power was broken and the menace of Napoleon's troops invading British territory vanished. This was to be the last victory in the outstanding career of Admiral Nelson: he was shot during the battle and died on deck of his flagship, HMS Victory.

Part 5 of our British Week celebrating the #RoyalVisitGermany2017 :
From our display on the Battle of Jutland on deck 5, HMS Royal Oak. This Dreadnought battleship of the Revenge-class was commissioned on the 1st of May 1916 and saw her first action during the Battle of Jutland, where the Grand Fleet of the @royalnavy faced the German Hochseeflotte. It was the largest naval battle of World War I and caused extensive human and material losses on both sides. The "Mighty Oak" survived the battle and the war. She remained active after that and escorted refugee ships during the Spanish Civil War. At the start of World War II, after 25 years of duty, she remained anchored at Scapa Flow because she had become outdated due to her lack of speed. There, on the 14th of October 1939, she was torpedoed by the German submarine U 47. A total of 833 men died in that action and her wreck is a officially designated war grave.

Part 4 of our British Week celebrating the #RoyalVisitGermany :
"The Sailing and Fighting Instructions as They are Observed in the Royal Navy of Great Britain" is a manuscript with colored illustrations made by Jonathan Greenwood in 1714. This code book contains 106 different signals using 12 different flags and pennants. The importance of a standardized visual communication between vessels has always been specially high in the navies. The oldest Signal Book that we know of is the "Black Book of the Admiralty" dating back to the 14th Century. This example from the early 18th Century is part of our exhibition on Navigation and communication on deck 1.

Part 3 of our British Week celebrating the #RoyalVisitGermany2017 :
The British shipping history of the 19th and 20th Century was marked by the P&O. The origin of the company goes as far as 1822 but it was officially founded in 1837 under the name Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company. It started securing the mail service with Spain, Portugal and Egypt, but it soon grew to became a major player in cargo and passenger transport. During the 20th Century, the company was active in all areas of the shipping industry. The cargo busyness of P&O was a founding part of the British and Commonwealth association OCL (Overseas Containers Limited) in 1960. The OCL had the aim to convert all the cargo transport of it's partners into container shipping. This was reached in the early 1980s. In 1986, P&O bought out all other Partner on OCL, Creating P&OCL. The next step was taken in 1996, when the company merged with the Dutch Nedlloyd to create P&O Nedlloyd. The miniature in the picture is the container ship P&O Nedlloyd Southampton from 1998. In June 2005, the company was finally bought by the @maerskgroup .

Part 2 of our British Week celebrating the #RoyalVisitGermany2017 :
The galleon Bull was built by the English in 1546 and converted in 1570 in. Race-built galleon. She was the fastest and most manoeuvrable ship of the English fleet of her time. She fought under the command of Lord Admiral Effingham against the Spanish Armada. The greater length to beam ratio of English galeons gave them a speed advantage over their adversaries. This impressive model decorates our display on the rise of England as a naval superpower on deck 2.

To celebrate that the Dukes of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife Catherine, will be honoring us with a visit next Friday, we are starting a British week online.
Let's open it with the Queen of our collection: our massive Queen Mary 2 made of LEGO in a scale of 1:50. The model shows the ship at the dry dock 17 of Blohm + Voss in Hamburg. It is built out of over 780.000 pieces of LEGO. The model was made 2008 for the opening of our museum and was repaired and improved last year.
You can follow the visit of The Royals William and Kate online using the hashtags #RoyalVisitGermany2017 and #Freundship

C'est Le 14 juillet! We would like to send greetings to all our French friends on their national day. For this occasion, we give you our wall print of a schematic of the SS France. The original print (smaller than our wall-wide version, stands in our archives) was a German commercial for this luxurious French ocean liner after her maiden voyage in the year 1912. What's specially interesting about this graphic display is that it shows all the ship: not only the luxurious rooms and halls at the top but also the machine rooms at the bottom. It gives an impression of heaven and hell.
The SS France started her duty for the Compagnie Géneral Transatlantique just a week after the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The ship had a great success and earned the nickname "Versailles of the Atlantic" for her palace like interior. She served as an hospital ship during World War I and returned later to civil duty until 1935, when she was put out of service to be broken up for parts one year later.

Behold the passenger and post steamer Gouverneur Jaeschke. This ship was launched in the year 1900 and her career was as turbulent as the first half of the 20th Century. Her first owner, the shipping company Jebsen, had a subvention of the German government to manage ships that would support the German economical interests in China. By the time the ship had arrived to Shanghai to start her duty as liner between that city and Tianjin, she had already been bought by another company. The HAPAG managed the ship until 1914, when the German Empire decided to use it as support ship for the navy during World War I. In 1917, the USA took possession of the ship in Honolulu. She was renamed her Watauga and on duty for the Porto Rico Line. In 1920, she was sold to the Empresa Naviera de Cuba SA that renamed her Guantanamo. In 1933 she was bought by the government of the Dominican Republic, that transformed the ship into a troopship and named her Presidente Trujillo. She came back to civilian duty for the company Naviera Dominicana in 1938. Finally, on the 21st of May 1942 she was sunk near Fort de France, Martinique, by a torpedo launched by the German submarine U 125. Her model in a scale of 1:100 is on display on exhibition deck 5.

The frigate Brandenburg (F 215) was built in 1992 and commissioned by the German Navy in 1994. She was the first ship of the German Navy to be named after an Eastern German State, after the country reunified in 1990. Since this year's month of march, the Brandenburg is part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 in the Mediterranean Sea. Her model in a scale 1:100 was built by the artists Ihlenfeldt & Berkefeld and stands in our exhibition on modern maritime warfare on deck 5.

On deck 6 of our exhibition we have two dioramas that show the Gatún locks of the Panamá Canal ( @canaldepanama ) in a scale of 1:1250. The first one (shown in this picture) displays the locks before the expansion that was completed last year. The miniature ship in the picture is a Superflex Multi Purpose Heavy Lift Vessel of the German shipping company Rickmers. This ships were build after the Panamax specifications, a set of rules that determined the maximal size of ships that could pass the Panamá Canal since it's opening in 1914. the authority of the Canal published the New Panamax in 2009. This new specifications allow even larger ships to cross between the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean since the 26th of June 2016.

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