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Taking a water tour of the Hamburg port on the Elbe

Canals in HamburgThis canal close to city hall and the main shopping drag is typical for the area. The city is honeycombed by canals such as these.
More pictures from this tourist trip to Hamburg can be seen at Hamburg Port tour 2011
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Canals in Hamburg

Hamburger StadtwappenI was in Hamburg, Germany in March 2011 in order to teach a class and was in the city over the weekend. The weather on Sunday was beautiful and sunny so I decided that I'd join the masses streaming towards the docklands and see if I could find a seat at a café somewhere and soak up the sun. Once I got out of the subway at the docks I saw the numerous tour boats and the famous docks across the river so I opted to play tourist for a day and take one of the tours. I chose one of the smaller boats and got a seat in the open air to the aft of the boat and was very happy that I'd decided to take my camera along for the day.
Hamburg is the northernmost and westernmost metropolis in Germany, at 1.8 million inhabitants it is the 2nd largest city in the country, eclipsed only by the nation's capital city Berlin (3.4 million) and followed by Munich (or München at 1.3 million) and then by Cologne (Köln) at just under a million and the Frankfurt am Main with a distant 670,000.


Hamburg BinnenalsterThe centre of the city has two man-made lakes made from damming up the Alster. They are the inner and outer lakes and this is the inner one. On a side note, this whole are was covered over in a wooden camouflage by the Hamburgers during WWII so that Allied bombers wouldn't recognize the inner city from the air.
More pictures from this tourist trip to Hamburg can be seen at Hamburg Port tour 2011
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Hamburg Binnenalster
The Rickmer RickmersThis 3 masted Barque was built in 1896 and was sailed across the oceans of the world as a cargo vessel and has been a museum in Hamburg since 1983.
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The Rickmer Rickmers
Speicherstadt Hamburg main canalThe Speicherstadt was a warehouse district built on wooden piles (which can still be seen in the pictures) and was a bonded storage area where goods that hadn't paid duty were stored or transshipped.
More pictures from this tourist trip to Hamburg can be seen at Hamburg Port tour 2011
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Speicherstadt Hamburg main canal
Tour boats in the Hamburg SpeicherstadtThe Speicherstadt was a warehouse district built on wooden piles (which can still be seen in the pictures) and was a bonded storage area where goods that hadn't paid duty were stored or transshipped.
More pictures from this tourist trip to Hamburg can be seen at Hamburg Port tour 2011
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Tour boats in the Hamburg Speicherstadt
Speicherstadt Hamburg wallsThe Speicherstadt was a warehouse district built on wooden piles (which can still be seen in the pictures) and was a bonded storage area where goods that hadn't paid duty were stored or transshipped.
More pictures from this tourist trip to Hamburg can be seen at Hamburg Port tour 2011
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Speicherstadt Hamburg walls
Hamburg tug Bugsier 18With 20tons of bollard pull, this tug in Hamburg packs a big engine with 3060HP.
More pictures from this tourist trip to Hamburg can be seen at Hamburg Port tour 2011
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Hamburg tug Bugsier 18
Low tide in Hamburg's CanalsJust a few hours before I took this snapshot I was in a tourist boat and transiting this same area. Despite the water being sweet from the Elbe river, the city is close enough to the ocean to be affected by tides.
More pictures from this tourist trip to Hamburg can be seen at Hamburg Port tour 2011
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Low tide in Hamburg's Canals
Massive Hamburg dry dockThis large cargo vessel is in the drydock for repairs and painting and it looks like the work is almost complete. When ready, the whole dock is filled with was and sinks down and the ship merely needs to be motored away.
More pictures from this tourist trip to Hamburg can be seen at Hamburg Port tour 2011
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Massive Hamburg dry dock
The Frankfurt am Main supply shipThis supply vessel, along with a sistership, is the biggest ship that the German marine currently has, at 20,240 tons it is no lightweight but a mere baby compared to aircraft carriers. The bulb in the foreground is common on modern ships and serves to reduce the bow wave and thus improve ship speed and efficiency.
More pictures from this tourist trip to Hamburg can be seen at Hamburg Port tour 2011
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The Frankfurt am Main supply ship
Construction along the ElbeSome very upscale flats, housing and other objects are being built along the waterfront of the Elbe.
More pictures from this tourist trip to Hamburg can be seen at Hamburg Port tour 2011
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Construction along the Elbe
Hamburg empty dry dockThis massive dry dock will have its floor and walls filled with water and will sink to the bottom, then a ship will sail in and subsequently the dock walls and floor are filled with air and the dock, with ship, will rise above water level. It is a bit more complex than that, but that is the simple basic principle behind docking very large ships.
More pictures from this tourist trip to Hamburg can be seen at Hamburg Port tour 2011
(2011-04-10 12:43:50 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.8, 1/250s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Hamburg empty dry dock
Hamburg's Golden CowThis cow appeared in the port area on an old bridge support overnight as a protest by an artist against the cash-cow and money being spent on the port rather than on the people of Hamburg. Despite mixed ideas on the matter it hasn't been removed yet.
More pictures from this tourist trip to Hamburg can be seen at Hamburg Port tour 2011
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Hamburg's Golden Cow
Modern Lifeboat ejection systemI see this type of ejection seat liferaft on cargo ships. I'm sure that they deploy with more fury than a rollercoaster ride at the amusement park.
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Modern Lifeboat ejection system
Lightship LV13 in HamburgLV13, built in 1952 and retired in 1989, had a crew of 8 men on 2 week rotation and serverd as a marine lighthouse off the coast of England. It was been replaced a large lit buoy. It is now a restaurant and bar near the Landungsbrücken in Hamburg.
More pictures from this tourist trip to Hamburg can be seen at Hamburg Port tour 2011
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Lightship LV13 in Hamburg
Schleppko 3 tug in Hamburgover 400HP at a mere 600RPM, last rebuilt in 1965 and still in service.
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Schleppko 3 tug in Hamburg
Blohn & Voss dry docksThe dimension of these dry docks is only visible once you get far away. Very far away.
More pictures from this tourist trip to Hamburg can be seen at Hamburg Port tour 2011
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Blohn & Voss dry docks
Locks in HamburgThis automated remote set of locks in Hamburg serves to keep the movement of water in the dock areas to a minimum and reduce siltification.
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Locks in Hamburg
Tollerort Container terminalWhile going past this large Chinese (with Panama registry) container ship we could see with what speed the big cranes were unloading them. It was impressive to think that within 24 hours of taking this picture, the container ship was ready to leave again!
More pictures from this tourist trip to Hamburg can be seen at Hamburg Port tour 2011
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Tollerort Container terminal
Unloading containers in HamburgThe containers looked and moved like little Lego blocks but that was certainly deceptive as they weigh several tons fully loaded.
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Unloading containers in Hamburg
Tanker getting a paint jobI wonder how many tons of barrier coat, anti-rust and bottom paint are needed to get this job done?
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Tanker getting a paint job
Hamburg dry dockageThis ship is not from Monrovia in California, but is a bona fide Liberian-registered ship.
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Hamburg dry dockage
Minesweeper M1091This minesweeper has been converted to a musuem at the Landungsbrücken in Hamburg. It was commissioned in 1990 and is a Kulmbach-class minessweeper,
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Minesweeper M1091
Mississippi Queen in HamburgI thought she looked elegant, but somewhat out of place in a river far from her home.
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Mississippi Queen in Hamburg
Dock Elbe 17This is one of the largest dry-docks europe, the MSC Ilona is a huge container vessel, 300m long and a beam of 40m and she can carry 6750 containers! This dry dock was designed and built in the 2nd world war and was where the Bismark was built. The Queen Mary II was also dry-docked here.
More pictures from this tourist trip to Hamburg can be seen at Hamburg Port tour 2011
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Dock Elbe 17
Hamburg Rathaus (city hall)What collection of snapshots would be completet without an obligatory pictures of the Hamburg Rathaus? Certainly not this collection.
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Hamburg Rathaus (city hall)
St. Nikolai in HamburgThis was one of the oldest churches in Hamburg, first construction began in 1195 and, while partially destroyed by Allied bombings in WWII it now serves as a memorial for victims of war and persection.
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St. Nikolai in Hamburg
Hamburg PaddlewheelerI didn|t get the name of this paddewheeler, but it, too(like the Mississippi in the other phtos), looks out of place in Germany.
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Hamburg Paddlewheeler