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The race Fyn Rundt , - (Round Fyn) -, 2008

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"Amphitrite"
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


"Amphitrite" and the fleet
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


In front, - "Havgassen"
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


The fleet, - and to the right, the impressive "Amphitrite"
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


"Skibladner II"
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


The Fleet, - destination Assens
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


"Skibladner II"
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


"Meta"
- "Meta" is not one of the big ones, - but she is beautiful with her clipper bow! -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


"Meta", - island Brandsø in the horizon .
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


"Meta" to the left, - and the fleet ahead -, destination Assens
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)






Assens is just a city, - like all the other coastal cities that are visited by the fleet of traditional sailing ships during the annual "Fyn Rundt" races -, but this time it was different in Assens!
This year, - 2008 -, Assens celebrated the 200 years anniversary of the death of the most famous person that came from this city, - naval hero Peter Willemoes!
There were Willemoes plays, Willemoes exhibitions, Willemoes books and everything else Willemoes - - - -
The local people simply had fun, - and in the middle of the celebrations the fleet of traditional ships happened to visit their city, which certainly boosted the maritime atmosphere and added considerably to the fun - - -

I used the opportunity to go to Assens to see the local people celebrate, - and of course to enjoy the old ships in port - - -

Please enjoy the combination of the Willemoes festival in Assens, - and the arrival of the fleet of "Fyn Rundt 2008" - -
 
 


The port of Assens
- in the foreground an old cook house, - and behind a memorial for the local naval hero Peter Willemoes -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)






Here is some explanation required:
A cook house is, - as the word indicates -, a house for cooking.
In the days of sail when the ships were made from wood, it was not allowed to have open fires on the ships in port because of the fire hazard.
If one ship in port accidentally caught fire, - all ships in port might burn as well, - and maybe the city too!
Therefore cooking over open fire was restricted to special cook houses like the one still preserved in the port area of Assens.

You can see pictures of another well preserved cook house in Ærøskøbing. (Just click on "Ærøskøbing", - and you will get there!)
 
 


Interior of the historical cook house in Assens
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)






And naval hero Peter Willemoes????
Well, - Peter Willemoes is the only reason that Assens was ever put on the World map!
What happened was, - that when the English navy attacked Copenhagen in 1801 -, the Danish navy was not ready, and therefore a quickly improvised line of ships and special floating batteries were towed out and anchored in front of the entrance to the port.
The floating batteries were specially made for this occasion, and such a battery was no more than a square barge with about 20 naval guns, - they could not sail or navigate by their own power, but was positioned permanently with 4 anchors.
One of those floating batteries were under command of a 17 year old Lieutenant, - Peter Willemoes from Assens -, just out from the Naval Academy, and this was his first command as a naval officer - - - -
Under normal circumstances that would be it, - nothing special about that -, but in this case history's wheels engaged themselves in a special way that sent young Willemoes right into the long line of naval heroes of Denmark.

When the English fleet lined up in front of the Danish defense line, it so happened, that the ship positioned right opposite Peter Willemoes' small floating battery was the mighty H.M.S. "Elephant", - the flag ship of no less than Admiral Horatio Nelson himself.
But that was not enough.
The ship right behind Lord Nelson's ship was H.M.S. "Glutton" under command of a certain Captain William Bligh, - famous from a mutiny on a ship named "Bounty"!  (No further explanation needed!)

In other words, - a 17 year old lieutenant now had to stand up and fight directly against the maybe greatest and most famous Admiral of all times, - Lord Nelson -, as well as the just as famous Captain William Bligh!
And all that at the same time - - - - -
Surprisingly enough Peter Willemoes survived the duel with those two mighty English warships and their very skilled and highly experienced commanders!
After the battle, when it was fully understood what Willemoes actually had been up against, - and Lord Nelson specially mentioned the unusual courage of the Commander of the small floating battery -, it is quite understandable that young Peter Willemoes immediately became everybody's darling here in Denmark, - and got his ticket to join the very long line of other naval heroes of this country.
 
 


Peter Willemoes
- on his column, - with the back to the sea -, overlooking his city of birth -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


Just to the left of the Willemoes statue, - a forest of masts
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


- and below Willemoes, - a gun crew marching in old army uniforms -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


The gun crew prepare to fire -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


- while the drum beats -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


Fire!
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


- and Willemoes himself?????
- well, - of course he was there, - after all the celebration is to his honour -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


- while traditional music sounds and folk dancers perform on dry land -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 
 


- and a sailor plays sea shanties on his ship -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


Assens harbour
- packed with beautiful, traditional sailing ships -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


As the sun sets, - sailors prepare their ship and secure the sails for the night
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


Assens harbour, - and the old ships in a magnificent evening light
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


Assens harbour
- Fyn Rundt 2008 -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


Assens Harbour, - Fyn Rundt 2008
- a brig, - "Eye of the Wind" -, not participating in the race -, entering port -
(The wheel of "Amphitrite" seen in the foreground.)
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


Assens Harbour, - Fyn Rundt 2008
- in the foreground, - the impressive bow of "Amphitrite" -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


The sterns of "Johanne", "Elsa Margrethe" and "Bessie Ellen"
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


Assens Harbour, - Fyn Rundt 2008
- in the foreground, - the wheel of "Amphitrite" -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 
 


Assens Harbour
- as the sun sets, - and the light slowly, slowly goes away -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 

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