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M/S Waxholm III

Technical details:

Type: Passenger ship
Building material: Steel hull
Length: 37.27 m
Beam: 6.88 m
Draught: 2.70 m
Propulsion: 1 x Caterpillar 3508 TA; total 715 hp, 526 kW
Speed: 13 knots
Capacity: 290 passengers
Gross tonnage: 281 gt

M/S Waxholm III


General history and facts:

”M/S Waxholm III” is a passenger ship, which was originally propelled by a steam engine and built in 1903 by “Bergsunds Mekaniska Verkstads AB”, Stockholm. It was delivered on 20th of May 1903 to “Ångbåts AB Skärgården”, Sweden under the name “Skärgården”. The original steam engine was made at Bergsund’s factory and had power of 388 hp (285 kW). After delivery the ship was put into service on the route Norrköping–Gryt–Valdemarsvik. On 14th of March 1908 it was sold to “Waxholms Nya Ångfartygs AB” and renamed to “Waxholm III”. From 28th of May 1908, the ship was transferred on the Stockholm–Stegesund–Blidösundet–Norrsund line. In May 1909 “Waxholm III” was renovated at “William Lindbergs Verkstads- och Varfs AB”, Stockholm with enlargement of the passenger's part of the deck and repositioning of the lifeboats on the top. In 1919 April the ships lost its propeller, but the problem was resolved quickly at the production shipyard. In 1941 it was rented to the navy for some military transport around the Vaxholm’s castle, but it was back on civil duty from 17th of June 1945. In the last years of the 1940’s it was moved to different routes in the Stockholm's archipelago. From 1962 it was put out of traffic, before been sold to “Sjögrillen Vaxholm III:an AB” on 12th of September 1964. At that time the steam engine was exchanged and there were some drastic changes of the exterior and the interior of the ship. Since July 1965 it was serving as a bar named “Matvraket”. It had continued to be used as a restaurant until 1990’s. On 28th of April 1991 it was sold on an auction to “Ångfartygs AB Strömma Kanal”, Stockholm. In 1993 it was completely renovated and modernised with the installation of the Caterpillar 3508 TA engine of 715 hp (526 kW). Following the repairs, since 1994 “Waxholm III” continues to be used as a transport vessel for passengers in the Stockholm’s archipelago. On 8th of June 2013 “Waxholm III” took part in the wedding of HRH Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill.

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