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13th July, 2014

Stockholm, day 2

Across the water the permanent fairground had been in full action when we arrived, and some of our younger more adventurous crew told me that’s where they were headed. From what I could see from the bridge wing it seemed they would need a good head for heights and a strong stomach. Passengers meanwhile were soon off the following morning on their excursions or the shuttle bus into the centre of the city. It was possible to walk to Gamla Stan, the old part of the city, which could be seen a mile or so behind us.  

On board there was much activity with routine maintenance taking place in the machinery spaces while technicians and a Classification surveyor were very busy inspecting the ships nether reasons, taking measurements in readiness for our up and coming dry dock period in December. I, on the other hand, took the opportunity to see some of the local country side towards Uppsala where a preserved railway, the Lennakatten, threaded its way towards Almunge. My Swedish driver, who turned up in a rather splendid throaty American convertible, was a retired engine driver my wife and I had met last holiday in India, and who had insisted would take us out once we came to his ‘home town’.

The weather remained very pleasant and when we departed later than planned due to maintenance taking a bit longer than I'd hoped, the passengers had an excellent view from their dining tables as we headed back out through the archipelago. On the way we met the returning Sunday  excursion boats, including the delightful Norrskar, over one hundred years old apparently and still with its original triple expansion engine. Stockholm is obviously not just a place for great buildings and wonderful scenery, but also for those who have an inclination towards machinery and steam.

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