Research Vessels

The first research vessel with the name Meteor on the famous "German Atlantic Expedition" in 1926 in the waves of the Atlantic.
On this research voyage with a duration of more than two years (16.Apr.1925 - 2.June1927)
the ship made 67.535sm (three times around the earth) and done 67.000 echo sounders.
The received datas at that time formed the basic for the further measurements of the Atlanticground.


Build in 1915, the Meteor was planned as a gunboat and was rebuild not until 1924
as a research vessel. After this big expedition the Meteor does research in the Northatlantic and off Greenland.
The ship survived the secound world war mainly in the baltic sea,
where she was handed over to the Sowjet Union after the war. Until her scraping in 1968
she served under the name Ekvator as a surveying vessel.

The Gauss, commissioned in 1980, from the office of shipping and hydrography, located in Hamburg is leaving The inner Kiel-bay.
She is passing the lighthouse Friedrichsort at the narroweset point of the bay with direction to the baltic sea.

The about 210 feet long Gauss does normaly water analysis in the north- and baltic sea with a crew of 19 and up to 12 scientists.

Alkor in the Baltic Sea
Here , the German Research Vessel Alkor is on its way through the calm Baltic Sea.

Alkor Kieler Bucht
Commissioned in 1990 the 55m long Alkor is sailing for the IFM / the Institute of Marine Research in Kiel
and is here near her home port in the Kiel bay.

Longer journeys can lead the 13 crew members and up to 12 scientists to the coast of Norway , or far into the Atlantic .

Alkor 4 cm Indeed the model is not longer than 4 cm

The Polarstern - the biggest German research vessel and the world-wide most efficient research-icebreaker...

Commissioned in 1982 the double-hull icebreaker is able to drive smoothly through ice of 1,5m thickness,
more thicker ice have to break in the usually way.

The ship is able to work up to -50 C and even can spend the winter in the ice. For up to 320 days a year the Polarstern is alternating between the Arctic and antarctic waters - like here on her way to provide the research stations in the Antarctic.

The 118m long ship has a crew of 44 and room for 50 scienetists,
as well as nine labs and two helicopters.

Beside some research devices on the working deck is one of the two helicopters on the helideck visible, it is a Bo 105.

Link to Wikipedia / Polarstern

Nearly a century ago, the norwegian Fram is seen here at the edge of the Antarctic.

In 1911 the norwegian threemast ship, constructed by Ideas of the polarexplorer Fridjof Nansen,
carried Roald Amundsen to the Bay of whales on the antarctic Continent.

On the 14th of Dec. 1911 Amundsen succeeded finaly
to reach the south pole as the first man (before Scott).
During this Southpolarexpedition, between 1910 - 1912,
the Fram covered 54.400 sm with oceanographic research.

The improved model is the No.1 of the LAIVA series.
Today the Fram is located in Oslo as a museum.

Link to Frammuseum in Oslo