Steam Boat Alexandra, Kiel, 1999

JUNE 1999 – The historic steam boat Alexandra sails on the Kieler Förde during the Kiel Week. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

In 1999 we attended the Kiel Week and spent a few days at the Baltic Sea enjoying the time with my family. We also set sails and spent some time on the water. It’s fascinating to see countless ships, from small motor boats to large modern sailing yachts and tall ships, all coming to Kiel for a week of fun on the water.

We also spotted the Alexandra, a historic steam boat built in 1908 and Germany’s last seagoing, coal-fired passenger steamer. The old lady is regularly the star at steamboat meetings and other maritime events and more fresh than 23 years ago when I took this photo. When on board you’re invited to “touch and feel history” by trying to steer the ship without servos and bow thruster or by throwing coals into the firebox.

Based in Flensburg, Germany, the community of owners offers excursions from May to September. You can book it for exclusive weddings, too.

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 Dimensions2960 x 1790 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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