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SWEDEN POST SUMMER STAMPS CELEBRATE STOCKHOLM’S ARCHIPELAGO.
The summer stamps from Sweden Post issued in 2004, depict Stockholm’s archipelago. Sweden’s capital boasts the country’s most expensive archipelago, whose more than 30.000 islands attract thousands of tourists every year. The stamps were inspired by the work of renowned photographer and local islander Jeppe Wikström.
The thousands of islands that dot Stockholm’s archipelago feature disparate settings and environments. The outlying belt is home to craggy, uninhabited islands whose flora is muted and understated. Farther in toward the mainland, plant life is fuller and more vibrant. People inhabit about 100 of the islands, some of which boast an active agricultural community, whereas others have rock-ribbed wooden landscapes.
I’m amazed by the ability to refine and enhance the clarity on the design in the compact postage stamp format without sacrificing detail, says Jeppe Wikström, on whose photographs the stamps were based. I never cease to be fascinated by Stockholm’s archipelago.
Hugging the outskirts of the archipelago is Gillöga, with its chaotic array of small islands, low-level skerries as well as shallow and hardly discernable canals.
Stora Nassa, firmly ensconced in the outer archipelago, offers high cliffs and narrow sounds. There are as many islets and rocky outcroppings as there are days in a year, some say. This is probably a modest estimate. The passenger vessel in the foreground is the SALTSJÖN.
Långviksskar is encompassed by rocks and stony reefs. Nested in the shallow harbor is a picturesque village complete with boathouse, workshop, woodshed, and fish net house.
The bluish expanses of Nämdöfjarden extend between Ingarölandet and Fågelbrolandet in the northwest and Nämdö in the southwest. Nämdö is one of the larger islands in the archipelago, featuring arable land and home to year round as well as summer residents.
She was built as a passenger vessel under yard No 216 by Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstad, Götenborg, Sweden for Waxholms Nya Ångfartygs AB, Vaxholm, Sweden.
11 April 1924 ordered.
23 Feb. 1925 launched under the name SALTSJÖN.
Tonnage 250 gross, 113 net., dim. 37.51 x 7.08 x 2.33m
Powered by one 2-cyl. compound Ångmaskin steam engine, 383hp., speed 11 knots.
Passenger accommodation 290.
11 June 1925 delivered to owners.
From 20 June 1925 till 1948, during the summer season used in the service between Stockholm-Dalarö-Ornö-Utö, and during the winter season used in the service between Stockhol-Vaxholm and nearby islands.
30 March 1934 ran aground at Betsö quay I Saxainlet on a voyage from Stockholm to Marum. After she was refloated, towed to Hammarbyverken for repair.
30 March 1939 mentioned in the Army’s mobilization list as Auxiliary gunboat 20, but she was never in active service as so.
1943 Collided with a dolphin (mooring pile) at Skippsbron.
03 Sept. 1951 alongside at Nybroviken, a fire broke out on board; repairs took more as two years at Hammerbyverken.
1953 Again in service during the summer, the first few crossings under the name NEW ORLEANS between Stockholm and Vaxholm.
She got a pair of dummy side paddlewheels, and during the crossing New Orleans Dixieland jazz music was played on board.
1954 You could charter her for cruises.
08 May 1957 in collision with the SVAN at Nybroviken.
06 June 1958 came in collision with a bridge at Vaxholm.
1959 In reserve.
1969 In service between Nynäahamn_Nåttarö-Ranö.
1964 Used in the service middle Skärgården after the SAXAREN was disabled.
01 October 1964 Transferred to Rederi Ab Svea (SALTSJÖN was not used by the company, Vaxholms city took over Waxholms Nya Angfartygs AB.)
12 March 1965 Sold to Nya rederi AB Saltsjön.
1965 During the summer used in the service from Stockholm to Utö, in winter as nightclub.
1966 Refitted from coal to oil firing, and some bottom plates were renewed by Ekenbergs shipyard.
1967 The company liquidates.
1968 Chartered out by the trustees to Anfartygs AB Stockholm-Sandhamn, and during the summer used in the service between Stockholm and Sandhamn.
01 December 1968 made a Christmas cruise between Strängnäs and Stockholm (with only 3 paying passengers), when the ship returned in Strängnäs the crew left the ship alongside the quay.
05 May 1970 Sold to Nya Ångfartygs AB Strömma Kanal, Stockholm.
The same year towed to Djurgårdsvarvet for renovation, she was renamed BJÖRKFJÄRDEN.
13 June 1971 used in the service from Stockholm_Björkö- Adelsö-Strängnäs.
1974 Laid up due to engine trouble.
1977 Sold to Ångfartygs AB Saltsjön-Mälaren, Stockholm, till 1978 renovated.
From 1978 till 1983 used in the service of Nya Ångfartygs AB Strömma Kanal between Stockholm and Björko.
1984 In service between Stockholm and Vaxholm.
15 April 1994 renamed SALTSJÖN and during the summer in a service between Stockholm-Dalarö-Utö, and trips to the Outer Skärgården as Svenska Högarna, Söderarm, Norrpada.
1998 The co-operation with Strömma Kanalbolaget came to an end, and an agreement was reached with the Waxholms Åungfartygs AB to use the vessel.
01 July 2000 ran aground at Gruvbryggen Utö, after dry-docking and repair at Beckholmen again in service that season.
15 Sept. 2000 sailed from Stockholm for the Algots Varv, Marieham, for replacements of bottom plates.
2005 http://www.equasis.org gives that she is owned and managed by Swecox International, Vasteras Sweden.
IMO No. 8424460. Call sign SGEO.
Source: mostly translated from http://www.faktaomfratyg.com/saltsjon_1925.htm translated with the help of Mr. J Rødgaard Hansen. Swedish Post leaflet.