history / Skillinge Museum
Towards the end 19th century, Skillinge became the largest port for registered commercial sailing vessels in Sweden.
In 1846, free trade was introduced allowing fishermen to ship farmers products to markets along the coast using small fishing vessels (vrakeka). As a result, many fishermen became captains and shipowners of commercial sailing vessels.
During the period 1848-1948, there were 314 commercial sailing vessels registered in Skillinge. Captains from Skillinge sailed all over the world.
The era of big sailing ships has past with the introduction of the engine motors for the ships. But Skillinge still remembers its famous sailing tradition.
In this little but rich and charming museum of seafarers, there is a lot to see and much to learn. Besides ships paintings and ship models, a variety of photos, documents, newspaper clippings, etc. are gathered here in order to show here how Skillinge grew into a thriving maritime community.
When sailing speed slowed, increased fishery, which also is represented in the museum. Sailor works, sailor memories, beach finds and other curiosities are displayed. Today's maritime museum was originally the village school, built in 1858.
Museum started in 1972. The museum is run and managed entirely by the voluntary Skillinge Maritime Memorial Association. Its purpose is to collect and preserve objects, ship models and pictures and records and writings of historical value, mainly on maritime and fishing. The association also manages the museum property. If you want to support the Museum, become a member of Skillinge Maritime Memorial Association. Membership costs $ 100 per person per year. Pay at the bank giro 5080-8021. Do not forget to ensure that it is clear who the sender!
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