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picture News March, 8 2021
image: The 2013  Royal Voyage The 2013 Royal Voyage

Since times immemorial, Estonian-Swedes have sailed across the Baltic Sea to the King of Sweden to complain. Mostly about the treatment they were subjected to by the landowners.

This tradition lives on and Friday afternoon, May 31st, the schooner Hoppet moored at Skeppsbron, just below the Royal Castle in Stockholm, to submit the 2013 letter of complaint!

However, this year's letter doesn’t contain any complaints, but is instead informing about the current situation for the Swedish minority in Estonia and it also tells about the different Estonian-Swedish associations here.

The schooner Hoppet is now moored at Stockholm’s Vasa Museum for a couple of days before she sets sail for Hapsal (Haapsalu) to arrive in time for the inauguration of the Estonian-Swedish Song- and Dance Festival, Saturday and Sunday, June 8th - 9th .

Among the crew onboard the 2013 Royal Voyage were SCCE’s Council member Anders Hedman, my predecessor as SCCE’s Ombudsman Alar Schönberg, and SCCE’s former auditor Gustaf Hertsius. Together with Birgit Eldh, an Estonian-Swede also being onboard and having her family roots in Spithamn where Hoppet once was built, they formed the delegation that handed over this year’s letter at the Royal Castle.

A logbook from the voyage with many photos is available at the Estonian-Swedish association SOV-Estland's Facebook page .

The schooner Hoppet was built in Spithamn in Nuckö (Est: Spithami, Noarootsi) 1926 -1927 and was used as a cargo ship, mainly in traffic to Finland and Åland before the war.

Following the war, and after several changes of ownership in Sweden and Finland, Hoppet has now found a home in Estonia again and is since 2011 owned by Puulaevaselts Vikan. The schooner Hoppet is the only surviving ship built

by Estonian-Swedish boat builders before World War II.


Kristiina Sikk
SCCE Ombudsman

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