National Geographic : 1955 Dec
IdiM 815 Heger Christensen Fine Homes with Flagpoles and Tile Roofs Reflect Danish Prosperity Danish merchant service. Here was the cen ter for such schooner trade as survived in Danish and near-by waters. And here was one of the last few ports where artisans still built ships of wood. Svendborg, Troense, Thur¢, and near-by Marstal were big names in the days of small ships, when ocean trade went in sailing vessels rarely registering more than 300 tons. Sailing into Svendborg, you can see Taasinge and Thur¢, wooded islands just across the narrow sound. All three places, not long ago, rang with the sound of axes felling the giant oaks and the silvery tonk of the wooden mallet on the calking iron. This August day no sound of ax or adz rode the summer air, and more than a score of shipbuilding yards were gone.