Thursday, June 8, 2017


The new summer season at the Maritime House starts on Tuesday the 13to of June with the opening event of summer exhibit " We who have been at sea onboard GE-ships". The exhibit is a loan from the Maritime Museum in Mariehamn. The Åland based shipping company created by Gustaf Eriksson employed several hundreds of people in the 20th century and former employees of the company have later formed a special Facebook group of the same name as the exhibit.

The group now has more than 600 members and an effort to collect photos as well as memories that pertain to life and work onboard the GE ships has been launched by the group administrators. This exhibit is a product of the a former collecting campain within the group. The memories presented in the exhibit are mostly from the 1960s onwards.



A line crossing ceremony at the equator onboard the GE vessel Balderö in the early1980s.
We will also present a film of how the Engship Shipping Company came to be in which the shipowner Kaj Enblom is interwieved about his past. The film was made possible through the project "Living History in the Archipelago Museums" and was produced by the Sydkusten association. The film will be available for viewing at the Maritime House during this summer season. 



The GE vessel Fiskö in warm seas in the late 1970s.
The opening event will take place on the 13th of June at 6PM and participants of the event have free access to the Maritime House. Welcome to Nagu!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Summer 2016 Special Exhibit



Maritime artist TH Norling is exhibiting his art at the Maritime House this summer. The maritime art exhibit "On the Airisto and the Oceans" presents historical and contemporary Maritime motives like ships, lighthouses and beacons focusing mostly on shipping in Scandinavia and on the North Sea. The method is oil on canvas or acryl on old sail canvas.  
TH Norling is admiring the Nagu flag.

The exhibit is accessible during normal opening hours.

The opening event of the exhibit is at 6pm on the 9th of June. The event is free of charge

TH Nordling will be available for the public at the Maritime House on the 6th, the 13th and the 20th of July 15-18:00.

TH Norling has an gallery in Turku and any visitor information to this gallery can be obtained from the following link. http://maringalleriet.com

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.

Individuals 
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).

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A ray of light in the darkness of winter.

Winter in Nagu is dark and peaceful, but that doesn't mean that people are home hibernating. No, the summer will soon be hear again and there is a lot of work that needs to be done in preparation of the next tourist season.

The lighthouse outside the Maritime house has finally received a working lantern. The light is not as strong as on lighthouses that direct ships in to the safety of shipping lanes. No, our lighthouse is intended to visitors arriving by boat to our beautiful guest harbor. The maritime house is just a stone´s throw away from the pier.

Accordingly, lighthouses will be one of next summers themes at the Maritime house.

Wi will keep on working towards the summer!

The lighthouse outside the Maritime house in Nagu has received it´s lantern..

Friday, August 16, 2013

Products for sale at the Maritime house

Visitors to the Maritime house can also make some purchases while visiting our exhibits.


There are several interesting books, postcars, as well as interesting toys for children. Children have appreciated the "ship in the bottle" set.

We also have some traditional sailor-crafts for sale which include decorative knots that make for unique and practical key-rings. 

Welcome shopping!


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Maritime House opens soon!

The Maritime House is accessable to the public as of the 4th of June. The special summer exhibits will be finished by the 14th of June.

The exhibit "Phantoms in the sea" will be located in the second floor of the building. A part of the "Beyond Siberia" exhibit will be at the entrance lobby and another part will be in the historic room of the building. Some objects will be on exhibit as of the 4th of June. Our interesting basic exhibit will be accessable as usual.

One of the objects on display at the exhibit was rediscovered as early as last the winter. The object in question is a Haida Panel Pipe and was found in an attic in Pargas. The original collector remains unknow, possibly a member of the crew onboard the Turku ships Fröja or Atka that sailed for Alaska in 1848?

A Haida panel pipe made out of argilite, collected around 1850 in Sitka, Alaska. Photo Marcus Lepola.