The four-masted barque Pommern is an impressive sight, moored in the West Harbour of Mariehamn in the Åland Islands, Finland.
The vessel was closed to visitors in September 2016, when extensive renovation work began. The work entails a new deck, and the construction of a dry-dock in which the ship will sit, but with the dock filled with water. In addition, new visitor experiences will be installed on the ship enabling visitors to discover the history of Pommern with all their senses.
State-of-the-art light and sound technology will allow visitors to get closer to the ship’s history than ever before. Changing weather conditions – from calm seas to a fresh breeze, to a storm – can be staged using advanced technology. With this new concept, the interpretation of Pommern will make the ship a leader among the world’s static display historic vessels.
Viking Line has chosen to support the project with a 150,000 euro donation, which means the company will be the project’s largest sponsor, or Platinum Partner.
Ship re-opens 2018
Pommern will reopen to the public in 2018 with the exhibition; Pommern – 100 days under sail. The exhibition will bring the vessel to life and highlight the crew’s own stories.
For a visualisation of the new dock project in which Pommern will be located, click here.
You can also follow the work being done on the ship and dock by clicking here. Project news is updated monthly.
As part of her renovation, Pommern was moved from her berth to enable the removal and replacement of the main deck and other work to be carried out