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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


The pieces of our unique collection of Bone Ship Models were built by French prisoners of war in British prisons during the Napoleonic Wars. The prisoners worked in harsh conditions and had no access to building plans. For this reason, most of this models represent general types. There are a few exceptions that depict real existsting ships that we can name. That is the fact with this HMS Ajax. This ship was the first of her name in the @royalnavy . Built in 1767, she was on duty during the American War if Independence. She most notably took part in the battles of St. Vincent (1780), of Chesapeake (1781), of St. Kitts (1982) and of the Saintes (1982). The Ajax was then sold and broken up for pieces in 1798. This model, which is probably one of the best in the whole museum, is making a short pause in our Workshop and will return to our permanent exhibition in a matter of days.

Today we opened our new special exhibition “From Harburg to Finland”. There we tell the story of the Pionier-Landungs-Kompanie of the German Imperial Army during World War I. This pioneer unit was created in Harburg near Hamburg and composed solely by men with a maritime background. During the War they were active all across Europe, from the Danube to the Finnish Civil War. What makes this exhibition really special is the private letters and journals we had access to, that have allowed curator Ulrich Schiers to show the war from the perspective of the soldiers. The exhibition will be shown until the 15th of November on deck 1.

New container handling gantry cranes are being delivered to our diorama of the Container Terminal Bremerhaven on deck 9. To miniaturize this cranes with detail is extremely complicated. This was the main reason why our founder Peter Tamm was interested in this scale 1:1250 diorama in the first place. He finally acquired it for the museum and ended up ordering the same team to create an even more detailed diorama of the Port of Hamburg. That one will be completed in a couple of years.

The MS Holstenracer was one of the 8 ships of the Key-12-class that the yard Seebeckwerft in Bremerhaven built for the company Claus Peter Offen between the late 1970s and the mid 1980s. This were semi-container ships, made to transport bulk cargo and containers at the same time. The 2 derricks on deck were used to load and unload cargo in harbors lacking the appropriate cranes for the job. The Holstenracer was completed in 1981 and stayed on duty under several names until she was broken up for pieces in 2009. She could carry up to 616 containers and had specially comfortable habitations for a crew of 27. her model in a scale of 1:100 is part of our exhibition on modern maritime logistics on deck 6.

Even if the hovercraft is not strictly a vessel, it does have a place in our exhibition. Also called ACV (Air Cushion Vehicle), they project a large volume of air under their hull that allows them to float. The design of the hovercraft was theorized before the 20th Century. The first functional ACV was built by the Austrian Dagobert Müller in 1915. That early model lacked the capacity to float over water and land. This amphibious capacity is what makes hovercraft specially useful for military purposes. This example is the 8100TD, built by the British company Hovework Griffon in 2006 for the Swedish Royal Navy. The model in a scale of 1:50 was created by master Maurice Verhaaren and stands on exhibition deck 5.

Last week we posted the German research ship Meteor from 1964 and told you that one year after she was sold in 1985, Germany already had a new research ship with the same name. This is the FS Meteor from 1986. This ship was clearly an upgrade from her predecessor, and constant improvements have kept her in active duty for over 30 years now. She is on duty for all German research institutes, under the main supervision of the University of Hamburg ( @uni_hamburg ). Her flexible design allows her to be an instrument of research in the fields of oceanography, biology, chemistry, meteorology, geophysics and geography. Her model in a scale of 1:100 is part of our display dedicated to the Meteors on deck 7.

"The fishing vessel HF 218 in the Port of Altona" Carl Becker (1862-1926) oil on canvas, undated. The renowned marine painter Carl Becker started his work at a young age in Hamburg. He then studied and worked for some years in Düsseldorf before returning to his hometown. He painted the mural for the German shipping pavilion of the Exposition Universelle of Paris in the year 1900.
The fishing boat that the picture shows was built in Hamburg-Finkenwerder (thus the letter code FW) in 1886 and wore the name Apollo. The picture is part of our extensive collection of marine painting and showed in our exhibition on deck 8

The @usnavy built a total of 326 PT (as in Patrol Torpedo) boats of the Elco-80'-class during World War II. This wooden-hulled boats were fast and cheap to produce. Their rather simple structure made it possible for them to be repaired directly in the war zone. This model in a scale of 1:50 was built by master John Haynes and is part of our exhibition on the navies of World War II on deck 5.

The most maritime way of visiting us is, without a doubt, to sail through the Port of Hamburg in one of the barges of the Maritime Circle Line until the pier "Maritimes Museum", just in front of our main entrance. This barges that now transport passengers in the river Elbe and the channels of Hamburg are similar to those who use to transport merchandise from and to our building, the Kaispeicher B, when it was still a warehouse. This model of a Maritime Circle Line barge is on display in the entrance passage of the museum.

When she was commissioned in November 2012, the container ship @cmacgm Marco Polo was the largest worldwide. She was built at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering yard in Geoje, South Korea, and she can carry up to 16020 TEU. Two sister ships were built later: the CMA CMG Jules Verne and the CMA CMG Alexander von Humboldt. Already in 2013, the ships of the Triple-E-Class of @maerskline broke her record as the largest container ship. This 1:1250 scale miniature of the Marco Polo is part of the French merchant navy section of our general display on deck 9.

Tomorrow, Sunday The 10th of September, is the last day of our special exhibition "EAST MEETS WEST - The Maritime Silk Road During the 13th-17th Centuries". It is the last chance to see the treasures from the Guangdong Museum in Hamburg. We would like to thank our Chinese colleagues for this great collaboration. It has been a great honor to be able to show this objects for the first time outside China. The history of China as a Sea Power will not disappear from our exhibition after that: this impressive model of a Baochuan, a Treasure Ship, from the early 15th century. Will be back at its usual place on deck 2 of our exhibition. This enormous vessels (allegedly 9 masts and over 120 m long) were the flagships of the fleet of the great explorer Zheng He, that opened seaways in the Indian Icean between 1405 and 1422. This beautiful model was a present made by the Chinese Community of Hamburg to our Museum for our inauguration in 2008. It can be seen as the starting point of our friendship with the Chinese people, that has led to the EAST MEETS WEST exhibition and will surely bring further projects in the future.

Behold the Queen Mary! Or at least one of the waterline miniatures in a scale of 1:1250 we have on display in deck 9. This legendary ocean liner was set to service by @cunardline (that was called Cunard-White Star Line back then) in 1936. She won the Blue Riband - price for the fastest crossing of the North Atlantic in a regular passengers' voyage - that year, lost it one year later to the French SS Normandie and won it again in 1938. She then kept the Blue Riband until 1952, when the SS United States owned it. This impressive three-funnels steamer was the flagship of her company until the title was given to the Queen Elisabeth in 1946. Like most ocean liners of her time, the Queen Mary was commissioned for troops' transport during World War II. She survived the war and went back to civil duty. In the 1960s the ship had become obsolete. So it came that she took her last voyage between Southampton and Long Beach in 1967. She has been moored at the Californian coast since, as a museum and hotel.

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