This coast is an iron coast, with no harbour or shelter, therefore to be avoided by shipping whenever the wind does not blow from land.
Danish Pilot 1866
For centuries the North Sea had been feared by seafarers. The sea was merciless in stormy weather and the currents were difficult to judge. A ship could easily be taken off course by the treacherous currents. At the same time, the west coast of Jutland was low and lacked harbours and sheltering coves. Once you were in difficulties, your ship could be broken apart on the sandbanks in no time. Therefore the west coast of Jutland came to be known as The Iron Coast.
The Iron Coast tells the story of the ships that were driven aground on the coast between Thyborøn and Thorsminde, and of the rescuers, foreign seamen, passengers and local dwellers who experienced these dramatic events at first hand. So come along on a journey of exploration on the shores of Denmark and glimpse the adventure of the high seas.
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