58th Annual General Meeting - Kiel, Germany - May 2005
The very successful 58th Annual General Meeting was held in Kiel, Germany on the weekend of May 27th to 29th, 2005. The AGM was held at the Steigenberger Conti Hansa Hotel in the heart of the city centre, only a minute's walk from the inner port and main shopping areas.
The following photos are just a few of the many that will be posted to this site. They represent many of the activities of the AGM weekend in Kiel, as seen through the lens of WSS member John Jedrlinic. All photos on this site are copyrighted 2005-2008 by The World Ship Society, Ltd. and/or the photographer.
Our host, Oliver Sesemann and the Captain of the STADT KIEL.
Captain of the STADT KIEL at the wheel, escorting WSS members on visit to the Kiel Canal.
A gaggle of WSS members with cameras ready to catch a photo of the next passing ship, aboard excursion vessel STADT KIEL
A farewell by just a few of the attendees, in front of the conference hotel -- The Steigenberger Conti Hansa, in Kiel, Germany
A group of delegates posing for the photographer at the entrance to the Laboe Memorial
Members heading up the hill to the Laboe Memorial, guided by Chairman, Richard Osborne and Vice-Chairman, Harry Spong (to the right)
Council member and Webmaster, Glenn Smith, posing in front of the Laboe Memorial Tower. The German Naval Memorial was constructed in 1927, and is some 72 metres tall, with 341 steps from base to Upper Lookout. The Memorial tower along with a Commemorative Hall (underground) and the Historical Hall comprise "The Naval Memorial of the Deutsche Marinebund e.V", overseen by the German Naval Association
U-995 — part of the exhibit at the Laboe Memorial — is open for visitors. The waterway seen in this photo is the entrance to the Kiel Fjord, where daily dozens of vessels line up to transit the Kiel Canal
On your way to the tower you will pass a mounted drive-screw stemming from the cruiser PRINZ EUGEN, launched in Kiel, 1938
Overseas Membership Secretary, Mervyn Park, accepting a "Long Service" award from the WSS President, J.G. Davis
WSS's German Representative, Michael Kähler, accepting a "Long Service" award presented to him at the AGM, by our President, J.G. Davis
Two members of the German Branch, aboard the STADT KIEL, while transiting the Canal
Two WSS members posing on the deck of the STADT KIEL, with Council member, and 2005 AGM host, Oliver Sesemann
Our host, Oliver Sesemann, preparing a snack aboard the STADT KIEL
One can get a real close-up view of the passing parade as you sail down the Kiel Canal
WSS members enjoying the sunshine on the bow of the STADT KIEL
Looking westward toward the Kiel entrance to the Kiel Canal\'s old locks
Member's children enjoying the boat trip, while getting a lesson in navigation
A future WSS member, with ship photography as his hobby?