September 16-25 | In-Person | Pier 17, North Side | Free
The South Street Seaport Museum is pleased to host the training ship Danmark when she arrives in New York. Docked at Pier 17 from September 16 through 25, Danmark welcomes visitors to come aboard for free public tours on Friday, September 23, 7-9:30pm and on Saturday, September 24, 1-3:30pm.
Tour the historic, steel-hulled, three-masted full-rigged vessel used to train young people for careers at sea. Learn more about the relationship between the US and Denmark, and the Danes’ strong bond with the sea. The ship’s visit to South Street, as part of Denmark’s celebration of the United Nations General Assembly and Climate Week 2022, aims to inspire dialogue around innovative and sustainable climate solutions.
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“New York is a global city. For hundreds of years, it has connected to the rest of the world via the sea. We are so pleased to host the sailing ship Danmark, which is a reinvigoration of these connections, and not for the first time. Danmark has been at South Street many times before! Concurrent with the UN General Assembly, Danmark’s visit, and the ship’s educational mission are a perfect fit for the Museum and the Seaport.” – Capt. Jonathan Boulware, President and CEO of the South Street Seaport Museum
Danmark was launched in 1933 from the Nakskov Shipworks in Denmark to serve as a training ship for the Danish merchant navy. After 88 years in service, the steel-hulled, three-masted full-rigged shipcontinues to functionas atraining vessel for young people seeking careers at sea. The ship has 26 sails and 219 rig ropes. 80 cadets aged 17-23 are currently in training on the ship. They have made the journey to New York together with the ship’s per-manent crew of 15 including the Captain, Chief Officer, Chief Engineer, Deck Officers, Doctor, Chief Stew-ard, Cooks and Quartermasters. The ship is property of the Kingdom of Denmark and is capable of sailing the oceans of the world. Danmark is administered by MARTEC, the maritime educational center, and visits New York City in collaboration with VisitDenmark, Polytechnic University College of Denmark, The Howard Hughes Corporation, and the South Street Seaport Museum.
The vessel has visited the USA on several occasions, especially the East Coast. The longest visit was from 1939 to 1945 during World War II when the training ship served under The Stars and Stripes. During World War II, Denmark became occupied on April 9, 1940, while the Danmark was on a routine mission in U.S. waters. In agreement with the Danish Ambassador to the United States, the ship’s captain, Knud L. Hansen, placed his training ship at the disposal of the U.S. Government. However, U.S. neutrality prevented the acceptance of the offer until December 7, 1941, when Pearl Harbor was attacked. From that point onward, and until the end of World War II, some 2,500 U.S. officer cadets received first-class training in responsible seamanship under Captain Hansen’s capable leadership and strict discipline. Later, the cadets would serve in the U.S. Navy. Today, the crew and trainees of the Training Ship Danmark are still met with great interest and gratitude by the American people. When Danmark docks in a U.S. harbor, enthusiastic local visitors are willing to wait for hours to visit the ship.
South Street Seaport Museum
By subway: Take the A, C, 2, 3, J, Z, 4, or 5 train to Fulton Street.
By bus: Take the M-15 SBS or M-15 to Fulton Street.
By water: The NYC Ferry, and New York Waterway provide service to Pier 11. The Staten Island Ferry provides services to Whitehall Terminal.
Parking: Parking lots can be found at Front and John Streets, as well as 294 Pearl Street.