Suur Toll is the only pre-war steam ship of the Republic of Estonia remained up to now and, at the same time, the biggest icebreaker in the world preserved through two world wars. In 1914 the first home port of the ship was Tallinn. In March 1918, armed Finns captured this ship from Russian Bolsheviks by agreement with the ship officers of Estonian origin.
During the hard initial period of the Estonian Liberation War, Suur Toll (Wäinämöinen) was bringing to us volunteers and supplies.
Proceeding from the terms of the Estonian-Russian Peace Treaty of 1920, the Finnish Government transferred the icebreaker to Estonia on 30 November 1922. The ship was named Suur Toll, and it ensured a regular winter sea navigation for Tallinn up to the end of the independency period.
Only in October 1988, one succeeded to get back the ship taken by the Baltic Fleet of the USSR in 1941 and convert it into a museum ship. All the 3 original steam engines as well as most of the original arrangement of space and late Jugendstil interior of the officers’ rooms were preserved.