The Estonian Maritime Museum and the non-profit society Thetis are organizing an expedition from July 2019 to February 2020, retracing the route of F. G. Bellingshausen’s voyage from Kronstadt (Russia) to Antarctica 200 years ago. The expedition ship (built in the Netherlands in 1984) is named after Estonian-born Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, a Baltic-German who rose to the rank of an admiral in the Imperial Russian Navy.
On its way to Antarctica, on August 30, the yacht stopped at the harbor of Scheveningen, The Hague. We were really inspired by the stories of Tiit Pruuli (head of expedition) and the crew. Mr. Robin de Haan presented to the crew the coat of arms of The Hague, which would hopefully help to keep the memory of The Hague vivid. A charming finishing touch was added to the reception by the catchy tunes played by a jazz-band founded in 1957.
The expedition will culminate on January 28, 2020 in the Antarctic waters, where the bicentennial of the discovery of the frozen continent is going to be commemorated.