Friday, November 19, 2004

In Phillip Park, Sydney AUSTRALIA

Hunt is on for statue of Hans Christian Andersen

Once upon a time, a long time ago, a statue of Danish children’s author Hans Christian Andersen disappeared.

Now the hunt is on to find the missing bronze in time for the 200th anniversary of the writer’s birth on April 2 next year.

Royal Danish Consul General in Sydney Jorgen Mollegard Kristensen offered a holiday to Denmark for the person who finds the statue, which disappeared from a Sydney park in 1965.

He said the bronze bust, which was reported to be about two metres (six feet) high and was created by Danish sculptor Wendy Sonning, had been presented to the children of Sydney and placed in Phillip Park in downtown Sydney in 1955 to mark the 150th anniversary of Andersen’s birthday.

Kristensen said 10 years later members of the city’s Danish community were given permission to move the bust to a higher profile position at Wynyard Park, close to a busy railway station.

“But when we went to relocate the bust it was already gone,” he said. Sigurd Sjoquist, 89, one of the Sydney-based businessmen who paid for the statue, said council workers renovating the park where it stood might have misplaced it.

“I believe it was mislaid during the renovations, it was put away in council storage and it could be anywhere.” The person who helps authorities track down the bust will be rewarded with a six-day holiday in Denmark. ap

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and her husband Prince Consort Henrik were given a warm welcome to Japan - and it was said that six more Hans Christian Andersen Goodwill Ambassadors were appointed there.

HCA 2005 in japan... Andersen 200 anniversary will be celebrated in Japan with various events. The kickoff will be the announcement of the Japanese HCA 2005 goodwill ambassadors "

but I cannot find their names on the net

News, Reviews & Articles on Hans Christian Andersen

Saturday, November 06, 2004

From 1805 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Tuesday, November 02, 2004

see site 2 April 1801


The battle at Copenhagen Roads, April 2nd, 1801

When Denmark refused to leave the Armed Neutrality of the North Coalition, the Royal Navy moved to deprive the enemy of the Danish fleet.

The Danes had 18 ships in Copenhagen harbour, protected by a 66-gun battery and a wide area of shoals that made navigation difficult.

The British forces had 26 line of battle ships, seven frigates and a number of smaller craft.

When talks between the nations failed, the British commander Sir Hyde Parker moved by sending his deputy, Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, into battle with a dozen major warships.

Nelson took his ships around the shoals and prepared to make his attack. But several key vessels ran aground, including a floating battery meant to fire on the Danish gun emplacements, and a nervous Parker ordered a withdrawal.

Informed of the order, Nelson placed his telescope to his blind eye and said: "I have only one eye - I have a right to be blind sometimes. I really do not see the signal."

He then proceeded with the attack, pounding the Danish ships in a bloody action. Within two hours Nelson had just under 1000 men killed or wounded, while the Danes suffered almost 2000 casualties and a similar number of men captured.

In return for handing over the wounded, the British took 12 ships as prizes.

Orlogsmuseet Copenhagen - Naval warfare


Slaget på Rheden og viceadmiral Nelsons handlinger

British Warship Losses in Danish-Norwegian Waters 1807-1814



A List of the Danish Ships and Vessels delivered up by the Capitulation of Copenhagen to his Majesty's Forces, September 7, 1807.

Ships ------------ Guns. When built.

Christian the Seventh 96 1803
Neptune 84 1789

Waldemaar 84 1793
Princess Sophia Frederica 74 1775

Justice 74 1777
Heir Apparent Frederick 74 1782

Crown Prince Frederick 74 1784
Fuen 74 1787

Oden 74 1788
Three Crowns 74 1789

Skiold 74 1892
Crown Princess Maria 74 1791

Danemark 74 1794
Norway 74 1800

Princess Caroline 74 1805
Detmarsken 64 1780

Conqueror 64 1795
Mars 64 1784

Pearl 44 1804
Housewife 44 1789
Liberty 44 1793

Iris 44 1795
Rota 44 1801
Venus 44 1805

Nyade 36 1796
Triton 28 1790
Frederigstein 28 1800

Little Belt 24 1801
Fylla 24 1802
St. Thomas 22 1779

Elbe 20 1800
Eyderen 20 1802
Gluckstad 20 1804

Sarpe 18 1791
Glommen 18 1791
Ned Elven 18 1792

Mercure 18 1806
Courier 14 1801
Flying Fish 1789

Gun Boats.

Eleven with two guns in the bow.

Fourteen with one in the bow and one in the stern.

Naval Chronical, Vol. 18 (1807), p 252.
Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius
The Maritime History Virtual Archives.
Copyright © 1996 Lars Bruzelius. 

Danish Ships and Vessels delivered up by the Capitulation of Copenhagen to his Majesty's Forces, September 7, 1807.¨

The Late Danish Fleet.
List of the Danish fleet, with the names of the English ships by which they were fitted for sea.
Nautical Chronical, Vol. 18 (1807), pp 378.

List of the Danish fleet, with the names of the English ships by which they were fitted for sea.
Danish. Guns. When built. English.
Christian VIIth 96 1806 Pompee.
Neptune 84 1789 Minotaur.
Waldemar 84 1789 Prince of Wales.
Princess Sophia Fredevern 74 1775 Ganges.
Justice 74 1774 Cambrian.
Heir Apparent Frederick 74 1782 Brunswick.
Crown Prince Frederick 74 1784 Maida.
Fuen 74 1787 Mars.
Odin 74 1788 Hercule.
Three Crowns 74 1789 Ruby.
Skiold 74 1798 Valiant.
Crown Princess Maria 74 1791 Goliah.
Denmark 74 1794 Captain.
Norge 74 1800 Centaur.
Princess Caroline 74 1795 Agamemnon.
Severen 64 1795 Alfred.
Detmarksens 64 1780 Cut to pieces in dock.
Mars 64 1784 (Block ship) destroyed.

Frigates of 44 guns -- Pearl, 1804, by the Inflexible; Housewife, 1779, by the Nymphe; Freya, 1795, by the Astrea; Iris, 1793, by the Africaine; Rota, 1793, by the Rosamond; Venus, 1805, by the Leyden. -- Nyade, 36, 1807, by the Ariadne; Frederegstegn, 28, 1800, by the Surveillante; Little Belt, 24, 1801, by the Gannet; Fylla, 24, 1802, by the Charger; Sharpe, 18, 1791, by the Prometheus; Dolphin, 18, 1792, by the Desperate; Mercure, 18, 1806, by the Pompee; Alert, 18, by the Pandora.

The Triton, 28, 1790; Elbe, 20, 1800; Edegren, 20, 1802; Nid Elven, 18, 1792; Courier, 14, 1801; Flying Fish, 14, 1789; were also brought away, but we have not heard by what ships they were fitted.

The Alert and Dolphin were not included in the gazette. Fourteen gunboats, with one gun in the bow and one in the stern; and eight with two guns in the bow, were also brought away, fitted by the Franchaise; and three of the latter descriptions were destroyed.

I really love this page and archives which go into a depth of original sources and add to the history books

The Maritime History Virtual Archives.

Monday, November 01, 2004

from 1911

"ANDERSEN, HANS CHRISTIAN (1805-1875), Danish poet and fabulist, was born at Odense, in Funen, on the 2nd of April 1805. He was the son of a sickly young shoemaker of twenty-two, and his still younger wife: the whole family lived and slept in one little room. Andersen very early showed signs of imaginative temperament, which was fostered by the indulgence and superstition of his parents. In 1816 the shoemaker died and the child was left entirely to his own devices. He ceased to go to school; he built himself a little toy-theatre and sat at home making clothes for his puppets, and reading all the plays that he could borrow; among them were those of Holberg and Shakespeare. At Easter 1819 he was confirmed at the church of St Kund, Odense, and began to turn his thoughts to the future. It was thought that he was best fitted to be a tailor; but as nothing was settled, and as Andersen wished to be an opera-singer, he took matters into his own hand and started for Copenhagen in September 1819. There he was taken for a lunatic, snubbed at the theatres, and nearly reduced to starvation, but he was befriended by the musicians Christoph Weyse and Siboni, and afterwards by the poet Frederik Hoegh Guldberg (1771-1852). His voice failed, but he was admitted as a dancing pupil at the Royal Theatre. He grew idle, and lost the favor of Guldberg, but a new patron appeared in the person of Jonas Collin, the director of the Royal Theatre, who became Andersen's life-long friend. King Frederick VI. was interested in the strange boy and sent him for some years, free of charge, to the great grammar-school at Slagelse. Before he started for school he published his first volume, The Ghost at Palnatoke's Grave (1822).