Ursula Tamm christens barge at the Maritime Museum

The International Maritime Museum Hamburg has a new attraction: a ship-handling simulator for children. Ursula Tamm, together with the “first two captains,” put it into operation in a festive ceremony.

Steering a barge through the port of Hamburg – this dream can now come true thanks to a generous grant from the Hapag-Lloyd Foundation. At the International Maritime Museum Hamburg in the Speicherstadt warehouse district, children will be able to take command of a ship handling simulator after the summer vacations. On board, a wooden launch lovingly designed by museum staff on deck 1.

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Side by side with siblings Constantin and Antonia, Ursula Tamm cut the red ribbon. The barge “Ursula” in the International Maritime Museum Hamburg will bear her name from now on

The launch has now been christened “Ursula” as part of a ceremony in proper style. Ursula Tamm, the widow of museum founder Prof. Peter Tamm, took the opportunity to perform the ceremony together with the children.  “It’s wonderful that fantasies can be brought to life,” said Ursula Tamm. In addition to a good mood and lots of excitement, there was hot chocolate, fizzy drinks and cake. The first captains were Antonia and her brother Constantin. The pupils mastered the maiden voyage.

Museum supported by the Hapag-Lloyd Foundation

This latest attraction of the Museum was made possible by the support of the Hapag-Lloyd Foundation, which covered the entire cost. The sponsorship project has now come to a successful conclusion with an impressive result. For the time being, the barge will start a “three-month shipyard test run”. After the summer vacations, the children’s simulator will “set sail”.

The offer is aimed at families and small groups with children. Accompanying adults are required. The times and program will be expanded from the autumn. Dates can be found on the IMMH website from September. The simulator is operated exclusively by volunteers. The museum is still looking for new recruits.


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The children steered the “Ursula” through the port of Hamburg

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Caption: Ursula Tamm cut the red ribbon side by side with her siblings Constantin and Antonia. The launch "Ursula" in the International Maritime Museum Hamburg now bears her name