MAN, SHIPS AND THE SEA


Proportional to its size Denmark has one of the world’s longest coastlines. Sailing, therefore, has always come naturally to us and we have gathered substantial riches in that way. As a consequence, the Danish navy has always played a pivotal role in the nation’s history. The navy has been significant as a tool of foreign policy, as the defender of the extensive kingdom and finally as protector of Denmark’s commercial interests.
The construction and building of a naval ship required good workmanship, technical insight and a scientifically trained staff. A large bureaucratic apparatus was also needed to equip, maintain and repair the large wooden ships.

Therefore, in the course of the 17th century it became necessary to gather all of these functions in one place. Copenhagen, the country’s capital, which was situated on one of Europe’s most traveled straits and which also had a large natural harbor, was a natural choice.

In this way the foundation was laid for a development that would go on for centuries with the ships of the merchants and the ships of the Danish navy interacting through good and bad times. It is a part of this story that we will like to tell.