National Geographic : 1950 Nov
Sails Limp, a Model Ship Stands Becalmed 607 Carleton Mi'ell on a Glassy Sea in Goteborg's Marine Museum One room depicts fishing vessels from dugouts to steam trawlers. Another shows Fijian spears, carved walrus tusks, Indian Ocean sea shells, and other souvenirs brought home by old-time mariners. Fishing boats "floating" on glass reveal below-water gear. The touring child or sailor can spend hours here just dreaming. What a sight they must have been! Oars flashing in the sunshine, weapons glinting behind painted shields! From far at sea, Karlsten fortress dominates bleak and rocky Marstrand (page 614). This grim castle was begun by Charles X in 1658. The wind was light and warm. As we coasted slowly along, we passed hundreds of sunbathers basking on the rocks like bare brown seals. Swimmers were in every cove, for Marstrand is one of the most popular Swedish resorts. The last King brought his court there each year. "Occasionally you still see old-timers," said a friend; "ladies in long gloves, choker collars, and carrying parasols; or elderly gentlemen in high collars, tight, narrow trousers, and tighter and narrower shoes. They wander around as if looking for a vanished life." So narrow became the inland passage beyond Marstrand that we cruised single file. We could almost scratch a match on a marker, dash across the deck, and light the brush on the other side! (Page 615.) Clear of the gorge, we set sail and glided by tiny rock basins crammed with fishing boats, nets, and racks for drying fish. This part of Sweden depends on the sea for its livelihood; the scant soil grows little. Goteborg, Sweden's Atlantic Outlet As we neared Goteborg, a towering black cloud formed over the hills. Just in time we picked up a mooring in the sheltered basin of the Royal Goteborg Yacht Club. A deluge of wind and rain descended upon us, our first bad weather since landing in Oslo. Gustavus Adolphus, one of Sweden's great est rulers, planned Goteborg as the kingdom's Atlantic outlet. Dutch engineers laid out the seaport, including its network of canals. To day Goteborg is Sweden's principal port, its second largest city. Masts pierce the sky, warehouses line the waterfront, huge shipyards turn out modern vessels (opposite page).