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Jørgen Bruhn and his ship yard at Kalvø

 -The Ships and the Yard -
 
 

Jørgen Bruhn, - Captain, Ship Owner and Shipbuilder.
 
 
 
 
 

Model of the ship yard at Kalvø at its peak for 150 years ago.
The white buildings seen on this model are still intact to this day.
 
 
 
 


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A bigger and newer diorama of Kalvø in it's heyday
(Exibit in the Maritime Museum in Aabenraa.)
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 

The "Calløe" from 1851,- the first ship built at the Kalvø Ship Yard.
 
 
 
 
 

Model of the "CALCUTTA" from 1853, - the second ship built at the Kalvø yard.
 
 
 
 


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Jørgen Bruhns clipper ship "CIMBER", - the fastest ship on the oceans.
(Exibit in the Maritime Museum in Aabenraa.)
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)


 
 

The third ship from the Kalvø Shipyard was the clipper ship "Cimber" launched in 1857.  This ship was not only the biggest ship in Denmark at that time, - it also became the record holder for making the fastest voyage ever done by a sailing ship on the trade route from Liverpool around the Horn to San Francisco.  "Cimber" did the voyage in 103 days , - 12 days faster than the previous record -, and she was most likely the fastest ship on the oceans in those days, beating the famous English and American clippers.




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Jørgen Bruhns clipper ship "CIMBER", - the fastest ship on the oceans.
(Exibit in the Maritime Museum in Aabenraa.)
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


"Cimber"
Model of "Cimber" exibited at Kalvø
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


"Cimber"
A side view of the "Cimber" showing her length, - an impressive 99 meters.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 

 A final view of today's remains of the Kalvø ship yard.  The building to the right is the main building where Jørgen Bruhn resided during the construction of his famous ships.
 
 

Here a picture of "CIMBER", as shown in the "London Illustrated News" from 1858.





Finally a picture of another Aabenraa ship, just to remind us that Aabenraa shipping was not only centered around the Kalvø yard and Jørgen Bruhn, but actually had many more excellent ship yards and well known shipbuilders, that not only turned out great full rigged ships, but also more modest ships, - like the "Waldemar".

Here the schooner "Waldemar" built in 1847 by well known Aabenraa shipbuilder Jurgen Paulsen, who ran not only the oldest ship yard in Aabenraa,- but also the yard that built ships for the longest period of time, until finally the old Paulsen yard also had to give up its traditional shipbuilding, when steel and steam replaced wood and canvas.
 
 

Topsail schooner "Waldemar" of Aabenraa.
 
 

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Updated:  October 30. 2003, Dec. 14th. 2003, June 11. 2010