The freeing walk around Långholmen led to a bridge, leading to the island of Sodermalm. It looked extremely inviting.
I turned and walked. This was the quiet part of the hipster island of Sodermalm. It was quiet and beautiful. Walking along the banks of the island was a great way to spend a lazy afternoon in Stockholm, recharging. The waters were calm, the sun was out, the people were few. What more could you ask for?
The trees soon parted and opened up to a beach street. This beach street is Söder Mälarstrand, a 2 kilometre beach street with berths for heritage ships. A heritage boat appeared in my line of sight. It was a beautifully restored. But the first thing that caught my eye was the sign Aqueerius (aqueerius, aquarius geddit).
In front of the boat was a plaque explaining the history of the Alfred.
The Alfred is a tugboat that was built in 1942 in a German shipyard. It lasted only three years and was found sunken in a channel in 1945. The German ship was handed over to the Dutch city of Vlissingen as compensation for the damages of World War 2. It was rebuilt as a leisure boat and then joined as part of the fleet of the Stockholm Ship Association in 2013.
Alfred was the first boat of what turned out to be many beautiful boats.
I took my phone out to snap a picture of Alfred and then another and a another of other boats, there were just too many and all so elegantly restored.
These weren’t yachts, or swanky boats that serve to make you jealous (like th0se in Singapore), these were ordinary boats that told a story of maritime sojourns. This was street that was educated.
Söder Mälarstrand began as a port area for the import of pig iron in 1662, a beach street was only completed in 1930 and ships that were not seaworthy were left there. Today the street is lined with historic boats and converted restaurant ships.
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