Tuesday, September 1, 2015

End of the Summer Season in Nagu 2015

The summer season of 2015 has come to an end and the Pinatova-exhibit will go on a tour. 
I wish to thank the following people and organisations for their support in making this exhibit possible. 

Marcus Lepola, exhibit curator.

Financial supporters
Swedish Culture Fund in Finland.
The Löfgren fund.
Town of Pargas.

Johan Stenbäck
Torvald Fjäder
Gunnar Forss
Bengt Backman
Bengt Gustafsson
Kai Ekbom
Viveca Sundberg
Kaj Enblom
Sigurd Gustafsson
Thomas Wilman
Henrik Redin
Sources &Archives
Bengt Karlsson
Allan Gustafsson
Tomy Karlsson
The institute of Maritime History at the Åbo Akademi University.
Ajaloo museum, Estonia.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Pinatova-exhibit of 2015 is well underway!

Creating a new exhibit is a process which requires a lot of research as well as a luck, which the following example will demonstrate. By sheer coincidence we happened to find an object of significant value for this summers exhibit. This object bears silent witness to the dramatic events that took place on the waves of the Baltic Sea during the fall of 1944.
The Galeass Linnea.
Around 60 Finnish wooden vessels were forced to take part in the Sovjet military operation on the Estonians islands of Ösel and Dagö. Of these vessels 17 boats were lost and 8 civilians died. The Galeass Linnea was among the ships that were lost at sea. The ship was from Pederså in Kimito parish, owned by Albin Laurén. Linnea managed to complete her tour in Estonia but was attacked by the German submarine U-958 and sunk to the bottom of the sea along with her crew. The nameboard of the ship did wash ashore at Gunnarstrand in Hangö. The nameboard has recently been rediscovered in Bollböle in Pargas!

U-958  was a submarine in the VII C -class. the most common type of sub used by the Germans during WW2 with 568 subs in service. The submarine was commandered by Captain-liutenant Gerhard Groth. ( U-1206 in the picture).

The story of Linnea and her crew will be inluded in to the summer exhibit in Nagu 2015.
The name sign float ashore at Hangö (Fin. Hankoo).