Danish Fishermen in England

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Reference WMO/271760

Address:

'Marina View' (the former Danish Consulate)

44 New Lowther Street

Whitehaven

CA28 7JU

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Metal Bronze
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Bronze Plaque with the flags of the UK and Denmark, an inscribed representation of a Danish fishing boat and the arms of Copeland Borough Council (282mm high x 395mm wide x 1.5mm). Funded by the Nuclear Decommissiong Agency. The backboard cost £27.75, the plaque £183.75. Unveiled 19 March 2010 by Birger Riis-Jorgansen (Danish Ambassador) and Henry Wormstrup (Mayor of Copeland), Dedicated 19 March 2010 by Revd John Bannister, Rector of the Parish of Whitehaven After the dedication are the 1st and last verses of the fishermen's hymn "For those in peril on the sea."; on mahogany backboard. The inspiration for this memorial came from the Mayor of Copeland, Henry Wormstrup- himself the son of one of the fishermen (Eskia Wormstrup) who stayed in Whitehaven after the war. At the peak there were over 30 Danish boats based at Whitehaven. They also used other ports including Grimsby, Buckie and Fleetwood. The references on the IWM report provide much information about many of the fishermen who came and their descendants in Whitehaven and the names of the boats based in the town, having been meticuously researched by Henry Wormstrup. This building was the Danish consulate until it's closure in the 1960's and was also Oldfield's shipping agency.
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This plaque is to commemorate the contribution of the Danish/fishermen who came to Whitehaven when Denmark was occupied/during the Second World War/Through hard work and dedication/they trawled the seas and helped feed the nation and its allies/ Unveiled by the Ambassador of Denmark/Birger Riis-Jorgensen/and the Mayor of Copeland/Councillor Henry Wormstrup/19th March 2010/ Eternal Father, strong to save/Whose Arm hath bound the restless wave/Who bides to the mighty ocean deep/It’s own appointed limit to keep/Oh hear us when we cry to thee/For those in peril on the sea/ O Trinity of love and power/Our Brethren should in danger’s hour/From rock and tempest, fire and foe/Protect them whereso’er they go/Thus evermore shall rise to thee/Glad hymns of praise from land and sea

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