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SEAPLANE HARBOUR

Location: N59° 27` 1.55", E24° 44` 17.9"

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Estonian Maritime Museum is one of the largest museums in Estonia and the most popular one. Covering an area of 5,000 m2 , the Seaplane Harbour is probably the most exciting maritime museum in Europe! And for over 4 years now. The exposition is divided into seven topics: boats, seaplanes, navigation tools, hangars, naval weapons, coastal defence and submarines. The hangars accommodate up to 200 original exhibits: the Lembit submarine, built in 1937 by the British Vickers-Armstrongs shipyard and the only survived Estonian submarine, which can be studied from inside and outside; the only life-size replica of a famous British seaplane Short 184, which was commonly used before World War II, but no original ones exist anymore; the Maasilinn ship, which is the oldest sunk ship discovered in Estonian waters; and numerous other genuine items like sail ships, boats and naval mines. The museum gives a lot to remember: around-the-world trip with a Yellow Submarine, wearing costumes while taking pictures, a big aquarium, simulators, cinema and much more.  

There is a playground for children and a functioning port in the outdoor space, which also hosts the Suur Tõll icebreaker and other museum ships. The Suur Tõll is a century-old steam powered icebreaker, which is the oldest and biggest of them left in the world. The minesweeper Kalev was constructed in Germany, 1967. Then patrol-boat Grif, which was built in 1981, patrol-boat Suurop, built in Finland, 1957; patrol-boat Torm, which was built in Norway, 1966. It is still possible to land near the hangars by a seaplane.

The building was originally constructed as a hangar for seaplanes in the area of Peter the Great's Naval Fortress in 1916-1917. The hangar is unique for its size and construction technology. The size of the hall is 39 x 109 metres and this was the first so big building in the world made of precast concrete panels supported by precast concrete ribs. The Hangars were designed by Danish engineers from a company Christiani & Nielsen, who have constructed, for example, the Sydney Opera House in Australia later.

See also: http://meremuuseum.ee/lennusadam/