The History of The Danish Seamen's Church

1867

„The Danish Society for the Proclamation of the Gospel for Scandinavian Seamen in Foreign Ports" is founded 12th November.

1868

The first seamanschaplain started in Hull in Northern England. Denmark exported a great number of cattle, as well as corn, butter and bacon, via the steamship routes.

1871

The first Danish Seamen's Church is consecrated in Hull. The first number of the magazine The Port  is published the same year.

1900

Danish seamanschaplains are at work in Hamburg, Hull, London, Newcastle and New York.

1914-1918

World War I leads to very difficult working conditions at the seamen's churches.

1921

The seamen's church gets its own church in Hamburg.

1935

The organisation changes its name to „The Danish Seaman's Mission in Foreign Ports".

1944

The organisation changes its name to „The Danish Seamen's Church in Foreign Ports".

1940-1945

Under World War II 1,213 Danish seamen lost their life. The Seamen's churches in Danzig, Hamburg, Hull and Gent are wholly or partially destroyed.

1963

 The first Danish Seamen's Church in Asia is consecrated in Yokohama in Japan.

1979

The Danish Seamen's Church consecrates a seamen's church in Hong Kong in collaboration with the English organisation Missions to Seamen.

1985

Singapore, the new super port and traffic junction in the Far East, gets a Danish Seamen's Church.

2002

A seamen's chaplain is sent to Algeciras in Southern Spain.

2003

The International Seamen's Centre, run by the Danish seamen's church in Singapore, opens on the quay at Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia.

 
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