28-Apr-2002 -- On our way from Argentina to Saint Petersburg, today, after 21 days of
navigation, we entered the Skagerrak (Skaw), the strait between Skandinavia
Shortly before, in the SW, there is the confluence 57°N/8°E, and due the fine weather and the exceptional good visibility the
low coast of Jylland could be clearly discerned.
According to the GPS we were only a 7 m NE of the confluence.
In early times the Danes, of the same tribal origin as the Swedes, moved
West to occupy what is now Jylland, in the 5th and 6th centuries AD. During
the Viking period Danish Vikings attacked England, Scotland and Ireland,
besieging London in 994.
From the Middle Ages to the 17th century Denmark was primarily an
It was the disintegration of the Scandinavian Union in the 15th and 16th
centuries which resulted in the lasting Danish interest in the North
Atlantic islands, her trade with Iceland, the Faeroes and Greenland. In the
17th century the Danes became established in the Caribbean and in the 18th
century sugar refining became a major industry in Copenhagen.
Late in the 19th century the opening up of the American prairies grain trade
encouraged the Danes to make a rapid transition from grain production to
intensive animal husbandry, thus doubling their output and trebling their
export of livestock within a period of 20 years.
Denmark acquired most of its present boundaries in 1815 after Norway was
transferred to the Swedish crown the year before. It became a monarchy in
1849. During the Second World War Denmark was occupied by Germany from 1940
to 1945 and in postwar years made a marked industrial expansion.
Hanstholm is the closest settlement and a small
harbor. Unfortunately I could not go closer to make a better picture, as
there are shoals around.
So I submit a plan of this small port.
Traffic is quite heavy here, everybody bound for or coming from the Baltic
passing this corner. The car and truck ferry "Tor Selandia"
from Gothenburg/Göteborg (Sweden) had the impertinence to even overtake us!
Refrigerated cargo ships, as our one, carrying perishable goods are among
fastest ships in the world, so we are not very used to be overtaken by
But it goes without saying that "Tor Selandia" could never ever had
overtaken us if we went on maximum speed. We are currently running on
reduced speed as we are not in a hurry :-)
Today we had a visitor on the navigating bridge: It's Viktor, our refrigerating engineer, being responsible for the cooling
plant and maintaining the proper temperatures in the cargo holds, therefore
the most important man on board.
"Viktor Andriyevitch, why you are looking so melancholy?", we asked him.
"TOSKA PO RODINA ROSSIYA ..., homesick for Russia", he answered.
Well, only a three days more to Saint Petersburg ...