Thursday, 14 June 2018

The full-rigged training ship Danmark in Öresund

The fully rigged training ship Danmark passed by tonight on its way northwards in Öresund.

The 77 m long Danmark has an interesting history:

"The Danmark succeeded the København, a five-masted barque which was lost mysteriously at sea at the end of 1928, as Denmark's principal training ship.[5] Launched in 1932 at the Nakskov Shipyard in Lolland and fitted out the following year,[3] she was built to train officers of the Danish merchant marine.[4] In 1939 she visited the United States to participate in the 1939 Worlds Fair in New York City, but at the outbreak of hostilities in World War II she was ordered to remain in US waters to avoid capture by the Germans.[4][5] She was then based in Jacksonville, Florida and maintained with the help of the Danish American community there.[4][5]

After the attack on Pearl Harbor the captain, Knud L. Hansen, offered the ship to the U.S. government as a training vessel. This offer was accepted, and the Danmark moved to New London, Connecticut to train cadets at the United States Coast Guard Academy there.[2] Approximately five thousand cadets were trained before the ship was returned to Denmark in 1945." (Wiki)

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