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Gothenburg’s Maritiman is the largest floating ship museum in the world, comprising 20 historical craft ranging from small tubgoats to the 144 ft (44m) Danish diesel electric submarine Nordkaparen and the 398ft (121m) HMS Smaland, a Swedish Halland-class destroyer.

On our sixth and final day in the city, we completed a few boat chores in the morning then spent the afternoon exploring the ships at Maritiman.

Below are trip highlights from Sept 1, 2019 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at

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Taking out a load of garbage in our folding cart.
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The excellent produce selection at Hempkop near Goteborgs Gasthamn.
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When you only shop once a month, you need to buy a lot of groceries.
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Plugged Drain
We had a plugged galley drain once when the boat was new but it’s been nearly 10 years since the last one. This plug is solid and is absolutely immovable even when forced with a toilet plunger so we brought out the big guns. The shop vac and an adapter that allows the vacuum to seal with the sink drain. We first apply vacuum and pull up the entire pipe load of water and hopefully the debris. Then we apply water and pressure from the vacuum and out came the food debris plugging the drain.
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Maritime Museum
One of the recommended stops in Gothenburg was the Maritime Museum. The prize members of their fleet of display ships are the J19 HMS Smaland, a Swedish Halland-class destroyer, and the S321 submarine HDMS Nordkaparen.
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HMS Smaland
Jennifer at the wheel of J19 HMS Smaland, a Swedish Halland-class destroyer. This ship was launched in 1952 and served until 1979. This 398ft destroyer had a service speed of 37 kts and a range of 3,000 nautical miles at 20 kts.
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One of the two oil fired boilers aboard the HMS Smaland that combine to deliver enough steam to drive the two steam turbines that together deliver 58,000 hp. This would propel the 398ft destroyer that displaces up to 3,344 tons at up to 37 kts.
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The Nordkaparen is a 144 ft (44m) Danish diesel electric submarine displacing 457 tons surfaced and 508 tons submerged. She is capable of 10 kts surfaced and 17 kts submerged. It carries 4 officers and 18 enlisted men and has 8 21-inch torpedo tubes. It is powered by 2 Mercedes Benz V12 engines producing 600 hp each and driving a BBC generator. The drive motor is a single 1,300 hp motor.
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Nordkaparen Helm
Jennifer at the help of the Danish diesel electric Nordkaparen. The submarine was launched in 1969 and was in active duty until 2004.
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2 comments on “Maritiman
  1. Bob Blair says:

    GOSH!!!! it does not seem like 10 years…..I remember so well working with you on a trip to Grand Forks (I was one of the first three travel agents at the Amazon Travel).
    I have been following you both since you sold your,sold your cars or cars (that I do not remember).
    However I do remember the fantastic pictures here in Seattle of the “unload”.
    Keep up the GREAT!!! REPORTING on your travels ,it is so enjoyable…..Thank You!!!

    Below is my wife’s website and another bit of history…..we are older than Expedia.

    • I do remember the Grand Forks trip. I got to spend the day with the AWS Support team. Really enjoyed it. And, they are next door to LM Wind who makes all GE wind Turbine blades. They were shipping a blade that day and it’s astounding how big those things are. Just gigantic when you see them up close.

      Thanks for the feedback on the blog and for leaving a comment Bob.

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