Sailing, Kiel, Germany (III)

JUNE 1999 – The German tall sailing ship Alexander von Humboldt in Kiel, Germany, with the military harbour in the background. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Our trip with the Mir during the Kiel Week 1999 resulted in several awesome photos of other large ships. This photo shows the original Alexander von Humboldt on its way back to Kiel after a short trip to the Baltic Sea near Kiel. In the back you can see Kiel’s military harbour with the tender ship Rhein A513.

I really like this shot because I could capture the shimmering sea as it was illuminated by the frontal sun. The green sails of the ship had been its trademark for a long time and well known to German people from advertising for Beck’s Beer. The Beck’s brewery is located in Bremen, Germany, at the North Sea and has been using northern and maritime themes in their advertising. The ship would be featured subtly or more prominently in print ads and TV ads. The green sails and body of the ship were a perfect match for the brand color of the brewery (yep, green). The ship could be easily spotted and remembered for this unique feature. It was simply the Beck’s ship.

The history of the ship was mixed, though. It got replaced in 2011 by the Alexander von Humboldt II, and then was pushed here and there without much success. Since autumn 2016 it has found its place in Bremen not far away from the Beck’s brewery. It is being used as a hotel ship, restaurant and event location. More here (in German.)

More on the history of the Alexander von Humboldt can be found at (in German.)

The high resolution image

Capture DateJune 1999
LocationKiel, Germany
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 70-210mm f/4
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceKodak PhotoCD
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2926 x 1944 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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