"The Ships"

-Traditional Schooner "Nordboen" -

- at work -

- close encounter with schooner "Julia" -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)

Shadow play - -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)

A calm moment after leaving port -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)

The wind picking up - -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)

- another schooner ahead -
(Phorography by Karsten Petersen)

- but "Nordboen" quickly catching up - - she might have been the fastest schooner on the east coast -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)

- enjoying good wind -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)

True sailing -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)

Svendborg - maritime city -
- but also nice to arrive to port,- here maritime city Svendborg, where "Nordboen" was built for 73 years ago.

Normally the pier in front of the old yellow warehouses will be packed with traditional sailing ships, but on this picture it is empty.  Guess that they are all at sea enjoying the fantastic autumn weather - - -
(Photography by jkarsten Petersen)




"I must go down to the Seas again, - to the lonely Sea and the Sky - "

Ivan Olsen in a typical position at the wheel of his beautiful old ship - -

"Nordboen" had several more years of introducing sailing ship enthusiasts to the wonderful maritime culture of Denmark, but Ivan Olsen had plans of a much bigger ship, - preferably a three master with steel hull -, but later he considered a completely different design, - a catamaran -, that speed wise could outperform any traditional ship, and furthermore the low draft of a catamaran would give it access to many interesting places where a traditional designed ship could never go.

Consequently "Nordboen" was sold, and unfortunately she joined the far too big fleet of traditional ships, that ended up in a foreign country, thereby again depriving Denmark of an important piece of its old culture and maritime heritage - - -

Today "Nordboen" carries the flag of the Åland islands, and still operates as a charter schooner between the islands, - not around Denmark -, but way up in the northern part of the Baltic sea, and it looks as if she is taken very good care of - - -
She still carries her old name, - "Nordboen" -, and the biggest change seems to be her colour - - -
She is not the "white swan" anymore,- but painted in the more traditional colour black.

And Ivan Olsen and his new project?
I am truly sad to say, that he suddenly died in 1998, - still young -, only a few years older than myself!
A good friend, - a great fellow sailor and adventurous diver and explorer of the sea -,  had gone - - -
And with him died his dream of finishing a new "white swan", - to race across the endless oceans under a limitless sky - -

I am sitting back with tons of memories from the wonderful trips we had together,- both at sea and ashore -, and in a corner of my garden I have a "secret", that daily reminds me of Ivan and his beautiful ship - -
It is the old spare anchor from "Nordboen" - - -
What great stories that anchor could tell, - if only it could speak - - -

A memory - -
"Nordboen's" old anchor in my garden in Middelfart.

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Updated:  Jan.06.2006