Beautiful boats and coast guard equipment
Boat Hall exhibits an impressive collection of boats from different decades. They have been used for racing and leisure cruising, military and coast guard operations, fishing and rescuing.
The centre stage in Boat Hall is taken by Thomas Johanson’s and Jyrki Järvi’s gold-winning 49eR class sailboat from the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics. Older Olympic history is represented by a small Olympic dinghy (1928) and an Australian rowing eight from the Helsinki 1952 Summer Olympics.
The streamlined speedboat from the 1930s competed successfully in speed racing, and the Kello 1 boat, which was built in the 1950s, was the trailblazer in metal boats. The small wooden Victoria boat reminds us of Tove Jansson, who travelled to her summer cottage at Klovharu by Victoria for nearly thirty years.
Traditional boat building skills in Kymenlaakso are represented, for example, by the Eeva boat from Summa village, the grandfather’s boat as well as the Ruotsinsalmen vinttikoira boat and Kaunissaaren meriläinen boat.
The Coast Guard Museum, built in cooperation with the Finnish Border Guard, sheds light on the work of coast guards from the 1930s to the present day. The Coast Guard Museum exhibits the Beaver and Sääski surveillance aircraft, which controlled borders from the air, and the VMV 11 patrol boat, also called Vemma. Visitors can test their own sea rescue skills in a simulator.