As some of you may have noticed I am deeply involved in making the Flensburg harbour a place for traditional boating. We already have a Musumboatyard (building old-type boats in a traditional manner), the Museumharbour (home of 20 ex-working boats and about 10 little open fisherboats), the Steamer ALEXANDRA ( an original 1908 built Passengersteamer), the Flensburg maritime Museum and the recently founded Classic Yacht Harbour.
About 20 years ago among the Museumharbour-people the idea was borne to get a hold on the whole westside of the Flensburg harbour to force the city council to only allow traditional vessels there. Of course as shortsighted as Politicians are they thought it a bad idea and still believed that perhaps some day cruiseliners will need the space. About 2 years ago the idea was again digged out. Not because the city council then thought it may be a good idea, but because they had to replace a rotten Pier and were desperately looking for state subsidies. The idea and then the written concept of a "Historic Harbour" as a touristic landmark appealed to the government and subsidies were offered.
The moment the subsidies were granted the city council stepped back from their plan to errect traditional buildings to "refflect" the traditional boats and started planning a modern seaside with stainless steel and glas architecture (couldn't say I didn't see that comming). I, as Museumsharbour CEO mobilized the press and said that the Museumharbour will step back from the whole idea, which then will lead to the subsidies beeing not granted. Somehow that changed their minds and the city council promised, after endless maneuvers, bertrayals and mobbing to follow the original plan (I really don't no what agenda they were following. I guess the city council has other ideas about the seafront and wanted to keep the option to lease parts of it to some gastonomy businesses).
But the fight isn't over yet. The city council promised to start building the traditional boathaouses, sanitary houses and the Steamer pavillon in august, but nothing happened so far. There will be a meeting this month with fundamental issues being discussed.
This idea of an "Historic Harbour" containing museum Boatyard, Museumharbour , classic yachts, maritime Museum, Steamers and still to be acquired traditional tugs, freigthers and fisherboats is absolutely unique in Germany. There is a maritime center in Svendburg, Denmark which has some traditional facilities and offers the opportunity for tourists to sail on Baltic Traders, but apart from that, there is no similar concept in the Baltic (or europe).
We have often argued telling those ignorant politicians about our role-model, which is in fact Mystic Seaport. Some of us (unfortunately not me) have been there and have told us about the boats and the facilities there and about the big touristic destination that seaport has become.
I would love to get a hold on some subsidy money to fly over there to have a proper excursion, but since that won't happen please tell me everything you know about Mystic. Can somebody provide me with an email address of somebody who is in charge there, so I can get some 1st hand informations and some valuable suggestions?
I might need some information about visitor frequency and numbers, costs and general layout.