af Chapman (ship)

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Af Chapman at Skeppsholmen in Stockholm City.jpg
af Chapman in its present form as a youth hostel.
  • 1888: Dunboyne
  • 1915: G.D. Kennedy
  • 1923: af Chapman
Owner1923–47: Swedish Navy
BuilderWhitehaven Shipbuilding Company
LaunchedFebruary 1888
IdentificationIMO number8639924
StatusIn use as a youth hostel.
General characteristics
TypeSteel sailing vessel
Tonnage1425 grt; 1380 nrt[1]
Length88.4 m (290 ft) loa 69.6 m lpp
Beam11.4 m (37 ft)
Draught5.6 m (18 ft)
Sail planfull-rigged

af Chapman, formerly Dunboyne (1888–1915) and G.D. Kennedy (−1923), is a full-rigged steel ship moored on the western shore of the islet Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm, Sweden, now serving as a youth hostel.

The ship was constructed by the Whitehaven Shipbuilding Company, located at Whitehaven in the English county of Cumberland (present-day Cumbria), and launched in February or March 1888. Her original owners were Charles E. Martin & Co of Dublin and she was originally known as Dunboyne, after the town of Dunboyne in County Meath, Ireland. Her maiden voyage was from Maryport, Cumberland, to Portland, Oregon, and she subsequently made voyages between Europe, Australia and the west coast of North America.[1][2]

The Dunboyne was sold to Norwegian owners in 1909, and then sold on to the Swedish shipping company Transatlantic in 1915. Her new owners renamed her G. D. Kennedy, but sold her on the Swedish Navy in 1923. The Navy gave the vessel her present name after the shipbuilder and Vice Admiral Fredrik Henrik af Chapman (1721–1808). She was used as a training ship and as such she made several trips around the world, running aground at Port Aleza, Puerto Rico, on 13 July 1934. Her final voyage was in 1934, but she served as a barracks ship during World War II (1939-1945).[1][3]

In 1947 the Stockholm City Museum saved the ship from being broken up, and since 1949 af Chapman has been managed by the Svenska Turistföreningen (STF, Swedish Tourist Association). It serves as a youth hostel with 285 beds. During 2008 the ship underwent a comprehensive restoration.[4][5] While the ship was being worked on in a drydock, the adjacent youth hostel Skeppsholmen remained open. Usually, the af Chapman and Skeppsholmen – not to be confused with the islet of the same name, on which both are situated – are run as a single hostel, with the af Chapman offering accommodation and Skeppsholmen housing the reception, a kitchen for guests, and other facilities. The ship is docked on the shore next to the Admiralty House.

From October 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022 the ship is closed for renovation works and cannot be booked as a hostel.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Dunboyne (af Chapman) Archived 2011-04-03 at the Wayback Machine, Through Mighty Seas
  2. ^ Lloyd's Register of Shipping 1887–8
  3. ^ "Loss of a French steamer". The Times. No. 46806. London. 14 July 1934. col B, p. 23.
  4. ^ "Skepps- och Kastellholmarna: Fullriggaren af Chapman". Stockholm: Stockholms Sjögård. 30 March 2006. Archived from the original on 7 August 2007. Retrieved 20 January 2007.
  5. ^ "Fakta om fartyget". Stockholm: City of Stockholm. 3 April 2006. Archived from the original on 12 November 2006. Retrieved 1 February 2007.

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Coordinates: 59°19′30.99″N 18°04′49.08″E / 59.3252750°N 18.0803000°E / 59.3252750; 18.0803000