During the Second World War a Swedish submarine, Ulven, hit a German mine. She went down with 33 seamen. You can see parts of the salvaged wreck in the exhibition Battle Stations!
Models, uniforms and weapons
In the exhibition Battle Stations! you'll find much of the essence of the Maritime Museum, including a selection of models of warships.
One of the requirements when the Maritime Museum was built was that it should be able to house the Swedish state collection of warship models.
Sub-machine gun and sextant
The models tell the story of the Swedish Navy's ships from the 18th century until the present. They include models of ships built by the famous shipbuilder Fredrik Henrik af Chapman. There are models of 17th century frigates, gunboats or "gun yawls", submarines and modern corvettes. Some of the models are several centuries old. One of them is believed to have been built in the late 17th century.
In Battle Stations! you will also see authentic objects from the history of naval warfare, from pikes to a sub-machine gun. There are also objects not exclusively associated with warfare, such as navigation instruments, including a medieval Jacob's staff and a sextant from a later era.
Pride of place among the authentic objects from naval warfare history goes to the wreckage of the Swedish submarine, Ulven. She sank outside Gothenburg in 1943 after hitting a German mine during an exercise mission. Thirty-three crew members perished with her.
When Ulven sank the telephone buoy – the buoy that is sent to the surface when a submarine sinks – broke adrift and was only found several days later. It is one of the objects exhibited in Battle Stations!