The fleet

Permanent exhibition in the Port Museum Hamburg

The floating crane Saatsee from 1917 and the steam-powered suction machine Sauger IV from 1909 with their impressive steam engines are started up for special events and presented to the visitors. On the barge H11347 from 1913, there is an exhibition about the Ewerführerei, a nearly extinct job in the port: The conductors of the Ewer, a type of barge without own drive and one of the most important means of transport in the port of Hamburg before the revolution of the container.

On special occasions the pressurized cabin for divers will be demonstared. By phased reducing of over-pressure in the pressurized cabin, up to 5 bars at most, a process of slowly sinking over-pressure is simulated for the diver who exhales slowly the nitrogen in his blood without physical damage. 

Port Museum Hamburg

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Opening hours

Monday 10.00 - 17.00

Tuesday closed

Wednesday - Friday 10.00 - 17.00

Saturday and Sunday 10.00 - 18.00

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Steam-powered suction machine

Steam-powered suction machine

“Sauger IV” was built in 1909 by the society for mechanical engineering in Lübeck and has been in operation for rebuilding the port and rivers for 80 years. The suction machine pumped sand and mud, which was dug by excavators from barges to the bank. Up to the time of its shutdown in 1989, it extracted an amount of sand which would raise up Wilhelmsburg, Europe’s largest island in a river, by half a metre. The suction machine fuelled by oil contains a threefold expansion steam engine for the extracting pump and a double expansion steam engine for the water pump. In 1996, the Hafenmuseum took possession of the ship as museum piece, which had been taken out of service. Since then, a voluntary crew takes care of “Sauger IV” and presents it regularly. It is possible to visit the accommodation for 13 people, the galley, two guardrooms and the toilets.

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The barge H11347

On the barge H11347 from 1913, there is an exhibition about the Ewerführerei, a nearly extinct job in the port: The conductors of the Ewer, a type of barge without own drive and one of the most important means of transport in the port of Hamburg before the revolution of the container.

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