West German ship

In the 1980's, a ship from West Germany visited Detroit. I read about it in the newspaper, and the article I read said that the ship would be docked at Hart Plaza, in downtown Detroit. The article said the ship would be open to the public, and the public was invented to take a tour of the ship, so I got my camera and went there, to take some pictures.

 

You should keep in mind that the mere presence of a West German ship outside of West German territory is unusual. After Germany was defeated in World War Two, the German goverment agreed that they would never post their troops outside of Germany.

Above: This is a side view of the front of the ship, as it was seen docked at Hart Plaza. Gun turrets can be seen on the ship.  

Above: A front view of the ship.

Above: People standing on the sidewalk, waiting to take a tour of the ship.

Above: People walking up stairways, and walking across ramps, to get on the ship. 

Above: Women on the deck of the ship. The Renaissance Center can be seen in the background.

Above: A view of one of the gun turrets on the deck of the ship. The tall building in the background is the Renaissance Center.

Above: A man taking movies, with a movie camera on the deck of the ship.

Above: People walking on the deck of the ship. One of the ship's lifeboats can be seen in the upper-left corner of this photograph.

Above: Tourists on the deck of the ship.

Above: Tourists on the deck of the ship. The Detroit River can be seen on the left side of the photograph.

Above: A West German sailor talking to tourists.

Above: A West German sailor.

Above: The bow of the ship. Two anchors can be seen stowed on the deck.

Above: The West German flag was displayed on the ship.

Above: Equipment on deck. On the left you can see an apparatus for launching a lifeboat.

Above: A view from the deck. One of the ship's lifeboats can be seen in this photo. People standing on the sidewalk in Hart Plaza can be seen in the background. 

Above: A photo of some of the ship's equipment, attached to an exterior bulkhead. Since this equipment is installed on deck, it would be exposed to rain and snow.

Above: Some of the ship's equipment, seen on deck. This equipment would be exposed to rain or snow.

Above: A view of the ship's bow.

Above: A view of the front of the ship, showing tourists on the deck. 

Above: View of the rear of the ship, as seen from the sidewalk at Hart Plaza.

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