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Mariefred

The coal-fired steamship Mariefred was built in 1903 for the trade-Enhörna Stockholm-Mariefred. She has sailed under the same name and with the same steam engine ever since.  The vessel has been owned by the same shipping company, Gripsholms-Mariefred Ångfartygs AB since 1905. All this makes Mariefred one of the worldwide unique ships and an indispensable part of Sweden's cultural heritage! 

Built at South wharf in Stockholm in 1903. Length 32.84 m, width 6.33 m. Coal-fired steam boiler.  Speed 10 knots.  230 passengers.

 

 

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1 hour ago, captainbob said:

Mariefred

The coal-fired steamship Mariefred was built in 1903 for the trade-Enhörna Stockholm-Mariefred. She has sailed under the same name and with the same steam engine ever since.  The vessel has been owned by the same shipping company, Gripsholms-Mariefred Ångfartygs AB since 1905. All this makes Mariefred one of the worldwide unique ships and an indispensable part of Sweden's cultural heritage! 

Built at South wharf in Stockholm in 1903. Length 32.84 m, width 6.33 m. Coal-fired steam boiler.  Speed 10 knots.  230 passengers.

 

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Congrats to this choise Bob,

this ones comprising plenty of details. and you have the individual possibility for fitting her out in scratch-build. A very nice nostalgic passenger steamer. Wish you all the best for your keellaying party and much fun with the build...

Nils

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Russ, I believe the main parts of the boat are wood.  But in some pictures such as one picture of the bow the spray guard on top of the rail is dented so it is metal. 

Welcome aboard, Michael and Nils.  I hope this turns out to be another ‘fun build”.

This is a picture dated 1903.  I will try to build to this time.

Bob

 

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Six or seven years ago, my wife and I were visiting Stockholm, and I saw this ship along the pier with steam up.  I walked up the gangway and told them that I volunteered for an organization in the US working to preserve an historic steamship (the SS Meteor) and that I would like to see their engine room.  They said OK.

 

The power plant is a thing from the past- coal burning boiler hand fired, reciprocating engine with auxiliaries driven from the crosshead.  I don't remember which it was, a compound or a triple.

 

Unfortunately, she was booked for a private party so we could not take a cruise.  She is very elegant with lots of polished brass and varnished brightwork and should make a handsome model.

 

There is a whole fleet of these but almost all have been converted to diesel.

Roger

 

P.S.  I believe that she has an iron or steel hull.o

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I lived in Sweden and was part of the Steam Boat Heritage Society for a long time before moving to the USA.

SS Mariedfred's hull is made of steel, a major part of her superstructure as well.

This is boat I worked on during the summer of 1983.

She was also a steam boat but later converted to diesel.

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3 hours ago, captainbob said:

Well I see I'm going to have to be careful with this build.  There are too many people who have seen and/or been on her.  Well, at least when I get confused there will be people who can hopefully answer my questions.

 

Bob

There are several Swedes on this site, and I know if you have any question we are than happy to help out.

I certainly looking forward to this project of yours.

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I finally got a start on the Mariefred.   The drawings I received from the museum in Stockholm were the best drawings I have ever received.  When I get drawings of a boat the first thing I do is scan them into my computer and open them in an ancient copy of AutoCad.   Then I check length, breadth and height as though I were designing her.  Usually there are errors that must be corrected.  But these drawings lined up and were correct.  When designing a boat the designer draws one side of each bulkhead these then have to be redrawn and each one needs to be mirrored to make a full width bulkhead.  These are then transferred to and cut out of wood sheet and mounted on a board.  That is where I am at the moment.

Bob

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Hi Bob,

 

nice to see how you build this modell of a wonderfull old beauty.  Its a dream to sail on board of this old lady from Stockholm to her old destination Mariefred Harbor. 

 

I think that she will be the last of this old ships with a steam engine which sailed in Sweden. There is another little fleet of old ship which sailed in line traffic on the Götakanal from Göteborg to Stockholm. There are Ms Juno from 1874, MS Wilhelm Tham from 1912 and MS Diana from 1931. But in these ships the steam engines were exchanged for diesel.

 

Regards Angarfather

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TB, you're right. The waterline is the same height from the building board on each station and the step at the deck makes it easy to bend that first plank to the correct shape.

 

Patrick, thanks for the encouragement.  But I'm not sure about, "flying".

 

Angarfather,  it is nice to have you and other, who have seen the Mariefred, along for this build.  If any of you see me missing something don't hesitate to point it out.

 

Bob

 

 

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