The steam-powered icebreaker Suur Tõll is moored at the quay in the Seaplane Harbour. The oldest and most dignified Estonian museum ship is one of the three steam-powered icebreakers from the early 20th century surviving on the Baltic Sea.
On board you can see the stately officers’ mess-room and captain’s cabin, crew’s quarters, an exhibition about the icebreaker’s history, the engine and boiler room, and much more. Authentic and interesting!
In summer 2015, the remains of a wooden ship were discovered in Tallinn during construction work. The wreck was temporarily named as the Tivoli Cog. A cog was a type of ship, well known in medieval Northern Europe, used for commercial or military purposes. Such ships were big-bellied, had a large cargo hold and in most cases just one mast and one big square sail.
The ship uncovered in Tallinn is approximately 18 metres long, has a flat bottom and was used as a cargo ship in trade with other Hanseatic towns. A number of well-preserved objects were discovered with the ship: leather footwear, axes with preserved wooden handles, remains of textiles, a bag with balls of yarn, a quern used for grinding grain, ceramics, etc. The objects found in the ship are unusually well preserved and their position inside the ship can serve as a basis for describing one-time life on board. This is one of the best-preserved medieval ships, providing us information about old-time navigation and shipbuilding that is available from no other sources.
Due to the state of emergency in the country the museum is closed until may, 1 2020, if not reconsidered sooner. All events during this time period are postponed or cancelled.
International workshop “Opportunities in digital exploration of medieval shipwrecks” will be held in Tallinn, Estonia on 22-23 April 2020. The workshop will be based on a recent find – a medieval cog, unearthed from Tallinn and currently exhibited at Fat Margaret. The aim of the workshop is to discuss, in a practical manner, the digital […]
On March 6, an exhibition “Time Flies over Harbours”, dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the Estonian Maritime Museum, was opened in the Seaplane Harbour.