The School Ship “Danmark” Returns to Tenerife on April 20

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Apr 9 – The Danish school ship “Danmark” will arrive in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, from Cádiz and with 15 crew members and 80 students on board, on April 20, and will be at the port capital until four days later sails towards the Azores Islands, in Portugal.

The Consulate of Denmark in the Canary Islands recalls in a statement that “Danmark” was built in 1932 with the sole mission of serving as a school ship for the training of crewmembers of the merchant marine.

This mission was interrupted only once when he was visiting the Universal Exposition in New York in 1939, and with the beginning of World War II, it was decided to remain in the waters of the United States to avoid capture by the Germans.

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the captain offered his boat for the formation of the cadets of the United States Coast Guard, based in Jacksonville (Florida).

At the end of the war, “Danmark” returned to Denmark “safe and sound” and resumed – without interruption until today – its original functions.

The ship has visited Tenerife on numerous occasions, almost always on an annual scale until 2016, the year of its last visit.

The Consulate recalls the “special relationship and friendship” of the school ship with Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where it was awarded the Gold Medal in 1989 and was approved to call the Danmark Frigate a street in the capital of Tenerife.

Among the scheduled activities, there is a reception on board offered by Captain Kurt Andersen to the local authorities and Danish residents, as well as organized excursions so that the students and crew members know the most interesting corners of the island.

The Danish school ship Danmark

The boat will be able to be visited in the days of open doors on April 21 and 22.


Source: La Vanguardia

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