On August 4 an Estonian sailboat, ‘Admiral Bellingshausen’, will stay at Eriksberg, Pir 4, and is open to everyone interested in the Estonian Antarctic popular scientific expedition. At 11-14 a seminar on sea and climate research takes place at Skeppshallen with free entrance.
Gothenburg is one of many stops of the popular scientific expedition on the way from Kronstadt, Russia to Antarctica. The expedition, organized by Estonian Maritime Museum and NGO Thetis Expeditions, is to celebrate 200 years from the discovery of Antarctica by the Russian admiral Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, who was born in Saaremaa, today’s Republic of Estonia.
The seminar presents:
“Estonian Maritime Museum has many connections to Gothenburg, which is why we are delighted to organize an event here, discuss the grand explorations from the past and today’s challenges in climate change,” said Mr. Urmas Dresen, director of the Estonian Maritime Museum.
“Our cooperation dates back to the beginning of the 1990s, when the underwater archaeologists got their first serious experiences in Gothenburg, when diving to the shipwreck, which sank in 1745,” remembered Mr. Dresen. “Also these days, our partner in Gothenburg preserved a figurehead, found in Estonian waters, for almost 5 years. Now it was returned and can be admired very soon at Fat Margaret – one of the two venues of the Museum, which will be reopened after serious rebuilding at the end of this year in Tallinn,” the director said. Dresen continued: “At our other venue, the Seaplane Harbour, which was opened in 2012, we expose a refugee boat that was used by Estonians for escaping to Gothenburg from the horror of the II World War”.
The next forums and day seminars on explorations in past and today’s climate research will take place on August 7 in Oslo, September 2 in London and September 11 in Brest.
The crew is planning to arrive to Antarctica on the 200th anniversary of discovering the icy continent, 28 January 2020. The initiative is supported by numerous Estonian companies, including Telia, Tallink, Enefit Green, Sillamäe Sadam, GO Travel, Sportland, Alexela, Baltic Workboats, and Postimees Grupp.
Due to the festive period, we do have some exceptions in our opening times.
During Christmas, we are closed on December 23rd and 24th. As a special gift to our visitors, we are open on some Mondays, December 30th and January 6th.
On the occasion of celebrating 200 years of discovery of Antarctica, the Estonian popular scientific expedition on their way from Kronstadt, Russia to Antarctica calls into London and holds a joint public forum with the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge.
On August 7 an Estonian sailboat, ‘Admiral Bellingshausen’, will stay at Aker Brygge Marina, Oslo, and is open for visiting. At 14:00-18:00 PM a forum “Polar exploration then and now” takes place at the Fram Museum.