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Af Chapman (ship)

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af Chapman is a full-rigged steel ship moored at Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm, Sweden, and now serving as a youth hostel.

Constructed by the Whitehaven Shipbuilding Co in Whitehaven, Cumberland, and launched in February 1888. She was originally known as Dunboyne. Her maiden voyage was to Portland, Oregon, carrying a cargo of rails from the Mossbay Co[1]. She subsequently made voyages between Europe, Australia and the west coast of North America. On arrival in Sweden in 1915 she was renamed G. D. Kennedy and when the Swedish Navy bought her in 1923 she was named after the shipbuilder and Vice Admiral Fredrik Henrik af Chapman. The Swedish Navy used her as a training ship. Her final voyage was in 1934, but she served as a barracks ship during World War II.

In 1947 the Stockholm City Museum saved the ship from being broken up.

The above information is mainly condensed from the Wikipedia entry.

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Sources of Information

  1. West Cumberland Times - Saturday 24 March 1888