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Left: Copenhagen roadstead painted by H.G.F. Holm around 1835. In the background the fort of Trekroner can be seen, where SVITZER placed the salvage cutter, CAMILLA, in 1839. When Em. Z. Svitzer started his salvage company he was not really taken seriously by the navy and the fact that he started his business with an old navy cutter did not help matters. However, shortly after the founding of the salvage company, the navy needed assistance with a grounded ship. Instead of demanding the usual security for payment if the salvage was successful, SVITZER offered the navy a guarantee for the value of the ship. This was a bold move, but the salvage operation went smoothly and proved to be the beginning of long-term cooperation with the navy. Museum of Copenhagen The inner roadstead of Copenhagen painted around 1850 by Carl Bille. The painting shows some of the characteristic types of vessels used at the time. 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 19


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