INTERNATIONAL CONTACTS


Through their travels the naval officers built a solid international network consisting of other officers as well as colleagues within the field of science. A number of them became members of similar societies in other countries and for the rest of their lives they kept up the acquaintance with their colleagues abroad through extensive correspondence.

This exchange of knowledge was of great benefit not only to Danish shipbuilding but also to the entire Danish scientific community. In the societies and clubs of Copenhagen the officers lectured on many different issues relating to society and as teachers at the Naval Academy and in private schools they shared their knowledge of new scientific advances with their younger colleagues.

During their travels the officers bought a number of books and instruments which they made available to a wide circle of people some of whom were interested in naval issues while others were more concerned with civilian matters. In this way they spread their knowledge to civilian society thereby benefiting the government as well as the many enterprising people in the still embryonic Copenhagen industry.