Denmark : New museum in Holstebro

For centuries the Danish North Sea coast has been rated by sailors as one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the world. Lots of ships have got into distress off the west coast of Jutland and foundered or become stranded. Since May 19 this year, visitors can re-live first-hand one of the most momentous maritime catastrophes in the region in the newly opened “Strandingsmuseum St. George“ in the harbour town of Thorsminde. Two British Royal Navy ships, HMS St. George and HMS Defence, sank on Christmas Eve 1811 and almost 1,400 crew members were lost. Thousands of pieces of wreckage that were washed up on the Thorsminde coast or salvaged from the wrecks form the centrepiece of the exhibition.