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Lithograph by Martinus Rørby (1803-1842) of a grounding at Gl. Skagen, 1834. Not until 1852 was a government service established to rescue the crews of wrecked ships. By 1858, 24 life saving stations were established on the Danish west coast – the same year no less than 117 vessels were reported to have been wrecked in Danish waters. Museum of Art Brundlund Slot Chart from 1840 with detailed information on the depth of the waters in the shallow Sound between Denmark and Sweden. Charts like these were not publicly available at the time as they were considered a matter of national security. 14 S V I T Z E R – S A F E T Y A N D S U P P O R T AT S E A


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