Coimbra Exhibition

The Museum Ship Sigyn bound for Pernambuco

Place of OriginGothenburg, Sweden
DescriptionWhen the Maritime Museum of Åbo Akademi was founded in 1936, it was the first of its kind in Finland. The most precious object, the three-masted barque Sigyn, was acquired in 1939. Built in Gothenburg in Sweden 1887 the Sigyn is a maritime monument of great and international importance. Today Sigyn is the only intact example of this important type of sailing vessel; which for nearly 500 years played a fundamental role in the development of the modern world. She crossed the equator 36 times and the Atlantic Ocean 56 times during her 50 years as a merchantman.
Photographic CreditsPhoto: The Institute of Maritime history at Åbo Akademi University