Bali Shipping – Anyone who happens to be involved freight distribution and who finds themselves in Hamburg in the next few months might be interested in stopping off at the International Maritime Museum for a nostalgic look at a unique glimpse into the history of the Hamburg Südshipping group. Primarily know for container transport the company predates the origin of the ubiquitous cargo box by almost a century.

“140 Years of Hamburg Süd” celebrates the 140th anniversary of the company, founded on 4th November 1871 by eleven eminent Hamburg merchants and ship owners, by way of a host of historical paintings, posters and model ships. The highlights of the show include the original model of the museum freighter “Cap San Diego” from 1961 and a 4.5-metre-long model of the celebrated Hamburg Süd passenger liner “Cap Arcona” from Blohm + Voss. Also on display are oil paintings by the well-known marine painters Hans Ritter von Petersen, Johannes Holst and Leonhard Sandrock, as well as ship posters from the 20’s and 30’s.

The latter convey a unique impression of the glamorous era of Hamburg Süd cruises. Completing the broad sweep of the special exhibition is a film on the history of Hamburg Süd, incorporating numerous historical sequences, and an interactive sea chart showing the current location of all the shipping group’s owned vessels. Dr Ottmar Gast, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd was enthusiastic about the show saying:

“The exhibition is like a living journey through time covering the different epochs of our history. It shows the dynamic development of a shipping company that started out in 1871 with three small steamers sailing to Brazil and La Plata and today links up the continents as one of the world’s 15 largest container lines.”

The exhibition opened this week and will run until the 25thMarch 2012