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Antarctica 200, S/Y Admiral Bellingshausen is visiting Copenhagen, Amaliehaven from July 29-31

During two days everyone passing Amaliehaven in Copenhagen can take part in an art installation, talk about the climate changes and see the ship of Estonian Antarctic expedition, S/Y “Admiral Bellingshausen”.

S/Y Admiral Bellingshausen is a chartered two-masted motor-sailor Jongert-24 built in the Netherlands in 1924. The approximately 24-meter steel body open sea yacht has a 27.5-meter mast and a 400 horse power engine.

The upcoming year 2020 marks 200 years of the discovery of the distant continent Antarctica. The world-famous explorer Admiral Fabian Gottlieb Benjamin von Bellingshausen who reached Antarctica in 1820, originates from Estonian island Saaremaa. 

The Estonian Maritime Museum and Thetis Ekspeditsioonid NGO are on a popular science expedition to trace the route of Fabian Gottlieb Benjamin von Bellingshausen, who was a Baltic German naval officer, cartographer and explorer.  Von Bellingshausen took the route soon 200 years ago, when he was the leader of the Russian first Antarctic expedition. The Antarctica 200 team has set off from Kronstadt in Russia on July 11 2019, and will hopefully reach the destination on the day Bellingshausen sighted Antarctica – on 28 January 2020.

They would make approximately 30 stops on the way,  some of which will follow Bellingshausen’s original route, but not all of them. Stops would include Kaliningrad, Gdansk, Kiel, Copenhagen, Helsingør, Oslo, London and Brest where popular science related public events will be organized in order to spread the knowledge of the maritime story both historical and contemporary.

In Amaliehaven visitors experience street installation by Mari Hunt, an architect and a partner in the architecture office b210, a member of the Estonian Polar Club. On her works, Mari focuses on interpretation of public space, so will it be in Copenhagen. Come and see!

Credits CJ Kask

S/Y Admiral Bellingshausen sailing on Baltic sea (video).