The fate of a country by the sea is inextricably tied to its ships, which carried people off and brought them back, as well as saved them and helped them flee, marked the start of war and the beginning of peace, depicted happiness and heartache – they were of vital importance to the country and its people.
The turbulent series of events taking place from the inception of the Republic of Estonia to its 100th birthday is reflected in the fates of our ships. ‘100 years on water. The ships of Estonia 1918–2018’, an exhibition at the Estonian Maritime Museum, will bring their exciting and remarkable stories before us.
Each year of the period of 1918–2018 is represented by one ship, in connection with which some monumental event took place during that year. It may be the year the ship was completed or the year it perished; it may also mark the crossing of the equator under the Estonian flag, fleeing to the United States from Sweden, or the launch of Baltic Sea cruises from Tallinn. All kinds of vessels are represented – passenger ships, war ships, cargo ships, sailing ships, steam ships, riverboats, etc. The exhibition is also a recognition of the people who worked, studied, or travelled on these important vessels.
The abundant display of ship models in an impressive environment is supported by modern special solutions and a plentiful selection of illustrations.
The story of our ships is the story of Estonia. The ebb and flow of the waters of time have brought us here today. We have spent 100 years on water.
Come and see the ships of the Republic of Estonia!
Guided tours are available, 45 €, 60 minutes, max 20 pax; the price does not include admission to the museum.
The exhibition is opened from 24.02.2018 to 13.01.2019
Photo: Erlend Štaub
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