Fred's Logbook


Date / Time: 2011-09-06 19:54:36Voyage from: to ETA:
Fred's foster-parent:
Name:MS National Geographic Explorer Crew

Fred's vessel:
Vesselname:MS National Geographic Explorer
Flag: Bahamas
IMO No.:8019356
Vesseltype:Expedition Passenger Ship
Length:112 m
Beam:16,5 m

Yesterday afternoon we sailed past a lot of beautiful islands of the Stockholm archipelago, en route to our dock in the center of Stockholm. I spend quite some time out on deck, looking at all the beautiful houses and the juicy green vegetation of the islands. The weather played along perfectly, too. At one point most of our passengers boarded the Zodiacs to cruise to Stockholm. I heard a rumor, that they met some funny looking Vikings serving drinks underway. ;-D
Swedens capital is located on 14 islands at the mouth of Lake Mälaren in the south easterly part of the country. Well known for its beauty, Stockholm is sometimes referred to as “Venice of the North”. The largest city of Sweden is home to Swedens Prime Minister and royal family.
Sharon, our Receptionist, and Bartender Pete took me along on an excursion to the Vasa Museum.

I was a bit excited. The Vasa was a warship, which had 64 bronze cannons on board. She was built in the 17th century and was one of the largest and most heavily armed warships at the time.

Sadly the Vasa sank on her maiden voyage – after sailing less than one nautical mile… . She was salvaged in 1961 and is the only 17th century ship that is almost fully intact. It is a bit dark inside the museum and I thought it smelled of old tar in the close vicinity of the Vasa. We took a pretty close look at all the details of the ship; she seemed huge to me; very impressive.