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JØRGEN BRUHN and his ship yard at island KALVØ

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The island KALVØ.
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)

In 1847 ship owner Jørgen Bruhn bought this uninhabited island with the purpose of building big ships. In 1848 his top modern shipyard was finished, and in 1851 the first ship was launched.  Jørgen Bruhn died in 1858, but his sons continued the shipbuilding business until 1868, when the yard closed down after having built 10 great ships.
However, although the slipway has since long gone, most of the buildings are still intact to this day and immaculately preserved, giving a unique chance to see an early example of a housing project for workers from the beginning of the industrial era.
 
 



Kalvø
The old workers houses
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)

Here a view of the characteristic workers houses on Kalvø.  The houses are still in use, although two of the original small apartments are now combined to form only onein order to suit today's standards.
 
 



Kalvø
Here once stood the mighty slipway where the great clipper ships were built.
(See following picture.)
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 

A model of the Kalvø yard seen from the same position, - but elevated -, as previous picture.
 
 
 
 


Kalvø
Another view over the site of the the slipway, - now only seen as a slight depression in the grass.
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Kalvø
Another view along the yard worker's houses.
(Photography By Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Kalvø
Last view of the very well preserved buildings on Kalvø.
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 

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