The Crown Princess and Patrik Zimonyi, master shipwright, at the naming of the paddle steamer Eric Nordevall II. Photo: David Sica/Stella Pictures
On Monday 29 August, The Crown Princess named the paddle steamer Eric Nordevall II at a ceremony on Riddarholm Quay in Stockholm.
The Crown Princess wished the Eric Nordevall II good luck on her future voyages, and then named her by releasing a bottle of champagne against the hull. The original paddle steamer Eric Nordevall was built at Hammarsten Shipyard, and was one of the very first power-driven vessels to traffic the Göta Canal. Her steam engine and boiler were built at Motala Workshop. She sank in 1856 after taking on passengers and cargo at Vadstena Castle. Her cargo and passengers were off-loaded and taken to Motala. The wreck lies at a depth of 45 metres in Lake Vättern.