BORNHOLM ALWAYS HAS BEEN AND STILL IS DEPENDENT ON MARITIME TRANSPORT
In the 18th century a growing population of sailors paved the way for an international market to sell agricultural goods and crafts.
The increased market created a blossoming of different craftsmanship, among the watchmakers and the ceramics industry (can be experienced at Hjorths Fabrik, Bornholm's Museum of Ceramics).
In the same period fishing became a great industry, and in the 19th century a substantial sealing (seal hunt) in the North Atlantic was driven by shipowners in Rønne.
When the sailors have traded their goods for money, they returned and invested their money in bigger and better ships. That is how the sailors played a significant role to bring the foreing world back to Bornholm.
The museum displays a big collection of pictures of ships, which all have had their resident at Bornholm's harbors. Other objects associated to the maritime transport, e.g. Navigation equipment and figureheads can be found here too, and take a look at the many model ships with a great amount of details and some of the models of the newer ferrys you might remember.
We shed light on the most essential maritime transport up to the 21st century.