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World War I hangars for seaplanes at Lennusadam
Patrol-boats Grif P401 and EML Suurop P421 and Coast Guard PVL 105 TORM
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Title: Icebreaker Suur Tõll
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At Lennusadam, at the end of the Küti street (Küti 15), Tallinn, Estonia.


Built in 1914 in Stettin (Szczecin) by Vulkan-Werke A. G. Length 74.4 m, large 17.5 m, steam engines output 5800 HP,.

Formerly names:

  • Tsar Mikhail Fyodorovich 1914-1917.
  • Volynets 1917-1918; 1941-1988,
  • Wäinamöinen 1918-1922.

Suur Tōll is the biggest icebreaker in the world preserved through two world wars. In 1914 the first home port of the ship was Tallinn. In March 1918, armed Finns captured this ship from Russian Bolsheviks by agreement with the ship officers of Estonian origin.

Proceeding from the terms of the Estonian-Russian Peace Treaty of 1920, the Finnish Government transferred the icebreaker to Estonia on 30 November 1922. The ship was named Suur Tōll, and it ensured a regular winter sea navigation for Tallinn up to the end of the independency period.

Only in October 1988, one succeeded to get back the ship taken by the Baltic Fleet of the USSR in 1941 and convert it into a museum ship. All the 3 original steam engines as well as most of the original arrangement of space and late Jugendstil interior of the officers’ rooms were preserved.

The ship is part of the Eesti Meremuuseum (Estonian Maritime Museum).

Keywords: ship, sea
Image data
Image sizes: 3456*2304px, 2262kb
Origin: Originally a digital image, with postprocessing
Date/Time: 20101010-130646
Camera: Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Iso: 100
Speed: 1/125s
Aperture: F8.0
Focal length: 22.0mm
Aperture: 35mm
Position coordinates:WGS84 LONG 24.7380244732°, LAT 59.4528191127°
Destination coordinates;WGS84 LONG 24.7386467457°, LAT 59.4531353798°
Air-line distance:
Author: Alexandra Medwedeff
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