Djurgården 10

Stockholm, Sweden | C.1888

Photo Credit: Nadia AlKhater

The views from the Djurgården 10 Ferry are not your average vistas. Roaring through the waters of Stockholm, passengers are transported along routes between the city’s Gamla Stan, or “Old Town,” and its neighboring islands. But instead of checking emails, commuters should keep their eyes out the window.

On this path in particular, the ship in the ferry’s window is just one example of the unique scenes to see. Built in 1888, it once served the trade routes between the UK and Australia. Then known as Dunboyne, it’s main purpose was carrying precious cargo and spending many weeks at sea – perhaps foreshadowing its future?

In 1923, the ship was sold to the Swedish Navy and rechristened the af Chapman. The name comes from Frederik Henrik af Chapman, an 18th Century shipbuilder considered to be the first naval architect using scientific methods to design ships. Though mainly used as a training vessel, the Chapman did get some electric excitement, surviving a lightning strike on a voyage to India.

In full circle, the af Chapman now serves Brits and Australians once again—as a youth hostel. Purchased by the city of Stockholm and opened in 1949, the ship houses Adventurers from around the globe in a pretty unique space. Staying in one of its 124 beds, guests can imagine sailing the high seas, unfurling its masts, or maybe just wave to the passengers of the passing Djurgården 10 ferry.

Written By: Seamus McMahon

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