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Region's biggest sea centre to open on May 1102.04.2012
The biggest sea centre in the whole region the Seaplane Harbour (Küti 17) is opening on May 11 in the wooden architecture suburb Kalamaja.
With the help of modern multimedia, the Seaplane Harbour tells exciting stories about the Estonian maritime and military history promising a “sea full of excitement” to the whole family on an area that would take up nearly two million A4 paper sheets laid down side by side. The museum’s display, that comprises of more than a couple of hundred large exhibits, revitalises the Estonia colourful maritime past.
The British built submarine Lembit weighing 600 tones is the centrepiece of the new museum. Built in 1936 for the Estonian navy, Lembit served in the World War II under the Soviet flag. It remained in service for 75 years being the oldest submarine in the world still in use until it was hauled ashore last year.
Another exciting attraction is a full-scale replica of Short Type 184, a British pre-World War II seaplane, which was also used by the Estonian armed forces. Short Type 184 has earned its place in military history by being the first aircraft ever to attack an enemy’s ship with an air-launched torpedo. Since none of the original seaplanes have survived, the replica in Tallinn’s Seaplane Harbour is the only full-size representation of the aircraft in the whole World.
Simulators mimicking a flight above Tallinn, around-the-world journey in the yellow submarine, navigating on the Tallinn bay make this museum heaven for kids or adventurous adults.
Seaplane Harbour operating in hangars built almost a century ago, in 1916 and 1917, as a part of Peter the Great's sea fortress now offers conference facilities for up to 200 delegates and reception space for up to 2000 people.
These hangars are the World’s first reinforced concrete shell structures of such a great size. Charles Lindbergh, the man who performed the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, landed here in 1930s.
In the outdoor area, visitors can tour a collection of historic ships, including the Suur Tõll, Europe's largest steam-powered icebreaker.
Full information along with ticket prices available at www.seaplaneharbour.eu.
Entrance to the whole complex will be free with Tallinn Card.