Summer 2003 marked the 30th anniversary of the docking of Vesikko at Suomenlinna. A veteran of the Second World War, the submarine is one of Suomenlinna’s most popular sights. Launched in Turku in 1933, it was originally commissioned by the German Navy, who took the vessel for test runs in Airisto off Turku. The Finnish Navy purchased the submarine in 1936 and named it Vesikko. During the Winter War and Continuation War, Vesikko saw action in convoys and on protection and patrol duty in the Gulf of Finland. The submarine base was located in the shipyard section of Suomenlinna. The Treaty of Paris (1947) forbade Finland from having military submarines, and the fleet was decommissioned and sold for scrap with the exception of Vesikko, which was put in dry dock.
Suomenlinna is one of the world’s largest historical maritime fortresses. Built on six islands in the 1700s, the garrison town is among the most popular sights in Finland and a living district that is home to around 850 city residents. Suomenlinna has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. With its museums and events, Suomenlinna offers a unique experience for visitors of all ages, who can also enjoy idyllic cafes and cosy restaurants. Children can have a great time exploring the many tunnels of the old fortress. It is good to reserve at least half a day for a visit to Suomenlinna. The vast fortress is best explored on foot, so prepare for some hiking with good shoes and a windbreaker. Suomenlinna is open year-round, although some facilities are open only in the summer months. The municipal ferry to Suomenlinna departs from the Market Square throughout the year. In summertime you can also take a JT-Line waterbus from the Market Square. The journey takes around fifteen minutes. (Source: Helsinki.fi & soumenlinna.fi)
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amaryllis (36895) 2009-04-07 0:54
merci de nous montrer ce Submarine et avec ta note explicite, on comprend mieux
impressionnant et peut être qu'il est possible de le visiter? car j'aperçois des personnes intéressées par ce gros "bateau"et aussi une passerelle;
un bon cadrage de celui-ci qui nous permet de voir les détails
snunney (98371) 2009-04-07 1:31
Interesting to see this wartime submarine out of the water. The visitors give a good sense of scale. Very good light and colours. Informative note as well, thanks.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2009-04-07 2:26
Hello George! Very original monument. Good idea. Interesting shot. Perfect colours and sharpness. Well done!
azaf1 (15929) 2009-04-07 3:07
That's a nice relic from the war. Well captured and presented in this nice POV. I remember seeing a German pocket sub in the museum of Chicago back in the 60's
dip (23888) 2009-04-07 3:07
it seems very interesting,well captured and composed,
good POV and clarity,
Gerrit (51935) 2009-04-07 3:34
a curious piece of past in a fine setting,
Excellent composition in good strong colors.
Yves-triga (5149) 2009-04-07 3:39
Nice shoot,i like the old monument of the second war.
here a submarin.it is rare to find in this state.
asajernigan (21427) 2009-04-07 3:41
Nice shot of this submarine/monument. The angle of the shot gives the scene nice depth and direction. The lighting and colors are great with excellent sharpness and detail. The people add a sense of depth to the scene.
TopGeo (38216) 2009-04-07 3:54
Hello George,It is a martial machine and because I do not want to hear for war I wish it does not exist never. Good picture and note Most excellent chromatically,great with excellent sharpness and detail. never war...thanks.
toto (0) 2009-04-07 6:15
belle photo de ce sous-marin souvenir.
Jolies couleurs, bonne netteté, bon POV qui nous montre bien la partie hélice, gouvernail etc...
Beau bleu du ciel, cela commence a me manquer ce ciel, heureusement qu' il y a vos photos pour le voir et recharger nos batteries.
dareco (17134) 2009-04-07 8:02
Another very interesting post! Good color and pov. Nice sharp detail. TFS
vasilpro (41315) 2009-04-07 8:38
Interesting photo with a submarine out of the water. The size is too small but the composition great.
Royaldevon (38562) 2009-04-07 11:25
The light looks to be excellent for this shot; the colours are bright and well saturated. You have a good pov, looking along the side of the sub, where the people supply a good sense of the scale.
This is a very interesting relic of the Second World War, No wonder it is well attended.
leo61 (0) 2009-04-07 11:28
Good shot and an interesting note.Good tight framing and good composition with this girl,dressed in blue.
Photo65Net (43120) 2009-04-07 11:52
I like your compo here.
You made a beautiful picture, and an interesting post,
Have a nice day,
bobocortis (16026) 2009-04-07 12:18
The subject isn't so romantic, but the shot is well taken.
Nice color, contrast, perspective.
ChrisJ (113355) 2009-04-07 19:44
Good sharpness & pov, with a marvellous warm cold colour contrast, between the red striped submarine, & the blue sky. Superb colour & contrasted lighting. Tfs!
berek (50456) 2009-04-07 19:46
interesting to see this submarine out of the water. clear picture and very good framing here. thanks for note.
jjcordier (79297) 2009-04-07 22:37
Une note très intéressante et un bon choix de POV pour mettre en valeur ce sous-marin relique.
danyy (0) 2009-04-07 22:52
il traine des choses très spéciales dans cette capitale nordique, apparement pas trop aménagé pour les touristes, je parle de cet endroit plus précisément.
Très belles couleurs le présence de cette jeune fille donne une meilleure idée des dimensions.
Graal (102752) 2009-04-07 23:14
Jó napot George,
amazing relic of II W.W. Good presentation. Well informations. Good photojob. I like it.
hay_kes (31435) 2009-04-07 23:29
Very intersting capture vith excellent POV, sharpness and colours.TFS.
Have a nice day,
Cretense (68703) 2009-04-08 0:46
wow, that surely is an unusual view, a submarine out of the sea! Great photo, great framing and composition, perfect light managment and beautiful colours! The inclusion of people is excellent, gives us an idea of scale! Congratulations!
serp2000 (44077) 2009-04-13 6:22
Very interesting stoty, I like your shot! Excellent colours. TFS!
Have a nice weeke!
JanD (0) 2009-04-18 3:21
Very interesting monument. Wonderful info. Good shot. Original effect.
ikeharel (70811) 2010-05-25 22:35
An interesting note added to this well preserved Sub. with a good POV and comp.
It is a different subject normally not seen on TE - but with an historycal value.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-19
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Canon Ixus 50
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Discovery of Helsinki [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-04-07 0:38