Big Ships on the Baltic Sea
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I'm travelling very often on the Viking Line's ships. M/S Gabriella and M/S Mariella are leaving from Helsinki, the Katajanokan terminal, and are arriving quite near the centre of Stockholm.
Onboard the ships are nice restaurants, tax-free shop, café, pub, nigthtclub and a discotheque.
Onboard M/S Mariella I was amazingly surprised to find that they had a picture of my uncle on the wall in the Pub! The Pub is called Pamir named after the sail ship Pamir. Pamir was owned by the shipping company of Gustaf Eriksson, which used her in the Australian wheat trade. She was the last of the sailships that rounded Cape Horn in 1949, and she sank in a Hurricane outside the Azores with 86 man on board, 1957.
But why is my uncle on the wall in Pub Pamir onboard M/S Mariella? That is because he belonged to the crew on the sail ship Pamir 1936 - 1938. During those years Pamir sailed from Mariehamn, rounded Cape Horn two times, sailed to Port Victoria in South Australia 1936 - 1937 and to New Zealand and New Caledonia 1937 - 1938.
Among the crew onboard Pamir was also Gunnar Eklund, who later established Viking Line. That's why the pub onboard Viking Line's ship, M/S Mariella, is named after the old sail ship Pamir, and that's why my uncle is on the wall!