Photographer's Note

This was taken during my visit to the Birthday party
for the Port of Hamburg which took place from May 8-10th.

In the back you can see the old lightship "Elbe 1"
which was built in 1942/43 and warned other ships from
1948-88 standing near Cuxhaven where the Elbe-river
flows into the North Sea.


The Port of Hamburg (German mostly: Hamburger Hafen)
is a seaport and deep water harbour in Hamburg,
Germany, off the North Sea, on the river Elbe.

It is named Germany's "Gateway to the World" and is
the largest port in Germany.It is the third-largest
port of Europe (after the port of Rotterdam and the
port of Antwerp),in terms of numbers of containers
handled in 2004, it is the second-largest in Europe
and ninth-largest worldwide.

The harbour covers an area of 73.99 km˛ (64.80 km˛
usable), of which 43.31 km˛ (34.12 km˛) are land areas.

The history of the port is almost as old as the
history of Hamburg herself. Founded on May 7th, 1189
by Frederick I for its strategic location, it has been
Central Europe's main port for centuries and enabled
Hamburg to develop early into a leading city of trade
and a rich and proud bourgeoisie.

During the age of the Hanseatic League in the 13th to
17th century, Hamburg was considered second only to
port and city of Lübeck, in terms of its position as a
central trading node for sea-borne trade.

During the second half of the 19th century, Hamburg
became Central Europe's main hub for transatlantic
passenger and freight travel, and from 1871 onward, it
was Germany's principal port of trade. The Hamburg
America Line was at her time the largest shipping
company in the world. The Free Port, established in on
October 15th, 1888 enabled traders to ship and store
goods without going through customs and further
enhanced Hamburg's position in sea trade with
neighboring countries.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_of_Hamburg]


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