31-Aug-2004 -- On our way from St.-Petersburg to the port of Scheveningen (Netherlands) today we were transiting the Danish Straits outbound the Baltic Sea, and I decided to revisit 56N 11E with my new digicam, enabling me to zoom now full power everything as close as I wish.
The confluence is located at the northern end of the Samsø Bælt, and what we
saw closest to it was the Royal Danish Navy in manoeuvre. A patrol boat and a Mine Layer, for which the
NATO-code "N" stands for.
Further the confluence lays on the track of the "Hurtigfæren" (High Speed
Ferries) between Århus and Færgehavn on the Sjællands Odde, a narrow and long peninsula extening WNW from rthe NW of Denmark's most important island Sjælland.
Those were the variable objects.
What a visitor will always see from this confluence is:
to the NE: Sjaellandsrev-North Lighthouse (Position 56°06,2'N / 11°12,1'E)
to the East: the coast of Sjællands Odde peninsula.
to the SE: The island of Sejerø with its beautiful lighthouse
to the South: The coast of Røsnæs - another peninsula extending West from
Sjælland Island and the conspicuous chimneys of the power station at Kalundborg.
to the SW: The Island of Samsø.
to the NW: The Danish mainland, i.e. the coast of the Jylland Peninsula.
Addendum: For those sailing the Sea with either cargo ships or yachts and sometimes asking themselves what the codes of NATO navy ships stand for, here a list of the most frequently seen Codes:
R - aircraft carrier
(note: aircraft carriers of the US-Navy, contrary to the European ones, are
coded "C", as originally they were included in the Cruiser class. So at the
beginning they had the code "C" as well. It was not before 1928 when they
got an additional "V", which today stands for "Carrier Vessel".
B - battleship
C - cruiser
D - destroyer
F - frigate
S - submarine
N - mine layer
M - mine sweeper
P - patrol boats, small fighting vessels
L - landing ship
A - auxiliary vessel