The voyage with H.M.S. Älvsnabben
In 1969 I was called up for military service in the Swedish Royal Navy. After the compulsory training for a couple of months I signed on the ship HMS Älvsnabben as a Radio operator.
We went out to sea in November for a four months long training cruise to the West Indies and the North American West Coast.
We were two radio amateurs on board the ship and in several places we were invited to other radio amateurs with whom we had been in contact with over the shortwave during the trip.
It was an interesting voyage with many strong impressions from all the ports and the journey itself. You can click the route map to the left to enlarge it if you like.
In San Diego for instance a gentleman and his family invited us to dinner after a sightseeing around the city and a visit to the Zoo. Southern California map
And in Vancouver I took the ferry to Vancouver Island to pay a visit to another radio amateur in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. I was received in a very friendly manner by the couple and their friends. It was many highlights during the voyage but this was definitely one of the best.
Please click a link below for images from
some of the ports:
SOME OTHER IMAGES
Another deep impression from the voyage was the passage through the Panama Canal. Indeed a fascinating lock system. The entire canal is approx 80 kilometers long and opened in 1914.
The ship HMS Älvsnabben carried out several voyages to foreign countries over the years in duty but is for a long time past broken up.
For more information concerning the ship, please see the external link HMS Älvsnabben. It is in Swedish but there are some nice images and other things that can be understood by intuition, including a sound clip from the mighty engine.