Thursday, August 13, 2009

Card #6 from Finland

Received this card today from Ms. Laura, Finland through Postcrossing. She also written some details of the ship on the card - Suomen Joutsen (Swan of Finland) and also fixed a ship stamp of Finland issued on 2005, which we see in a separate posting.

Suomen Joutsen (Swan of Finland in English) (former names are Laënnec, Oldenburg) is a three-mast, steel hull, full rigged ship. She was built in 1902 in St. Nazaire, France to serve in the trade between Atlantic and Pacific ports. In 1930 she was bought by the Government of Finland to serve as Finnish Navy training ship. She was renamed Suomen Joutsen on November 01, 1931. Before World War II she made eight long ocean voyages. From 1956 she was a stationary Seamen's School for the Finnish Merchant Navy. In 1951 she made her last trip on the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland. Since 1991, she has been a museum ship owned by City of Turku, Finland.

She celebrated her 100th Anniversary in 2002 in Turku.

Source: Wikipedia and

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