Af Chapman, Stockholm
Probably, everybody who comes to Stockholm, see's the AF Chapman sailing Ship anchored on the western shore of the islet Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm. Located next to Admiralty House, the ship was built in the UK and launched in February 1888.
It was originally known as "Dunboyne," after a town in County Meath, Ireland. The Ship has made voyage's to America, around Europe and to Australia. The Navy used it as a training ship and made several trips around the world before it served as barracks during WW2.
Its final voyage was in 1934.
The Stockholm City Museum saved it from being broken up in 1947 and since 1949 has been used as a youth hostel with 285 beds.
Now, that would be a different type of accommodation to stay at! It has reception, a kitchen for guests, and other facilities.
1/1-12 - 31/12-12
Member's prices 2012
Single room: from 560:- /person
Bed: from 260:- /adult
Bed: from 130:- /child
Double room/Twin-bedded room: from 295:- /person
The three-masted sailing ship "af Chapman" is one of the oldest surviving iron-built ships. It was launched in 1888. After several renamings and uses, it has been converted into a youth hostel in 1949.
The "af Chapman" is moored at Skeppsholmen in the harbour of Stockholm.
At the westbanks of Skeppsholmen, you cannot miss the beautiful, big white ship called Af Chapman. This ship was built in the English harbour of Whitehaven, in 1888. The first 20 years of its life, it was used as a tradeship for the Brittish government. All this time is was named after the great French nautic architect Frederic Henric Af Chapman.
After its Brittish period, when steamships took over, it was sold to the Swedish Marine. They changed the name into DG Kennedy, and used it as a training ship. Later though, it got back its original name, and it lost its marine role in 1949.
Since that period it is used as a youth hostel, with the same name at it had 120 years ago. The hostel Af Chapman is almost impossible to book though, because almost all year long it is packed.