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I've always loved being on the water, so ship museums - the kind with real, ex-working ships that you can walk through - are often my favourite to look around. The steam-powered icebreaker Suur Tõll is the star of the show at Tallinn's ship museum, and we had a great time visiting last summer. Built in Estonia in 1914, it later became a vessel of the Soviet fleet - from which it was later returned to Estonia for display at the museum.
Looking around the deck and the crew's cramped living quarters was interesting, but for me, the highlight was being able to get up close and personal with the engine rooms. And oh, what engines! I could just imagine getting my hands dirty, maintaining these on a long Arctic journey. A fantastic glimpse into another world.