Sunday, May 15, 2005

Copenhagen taxi or TAXA

An article was written by "Grand Danois" 25 years after the picture of the first Copenhagen taxi on Rådhusplads.

The passengers are the late skindfabricant Bjørkring (black hat) and his cousin from USA

The driver is E Wilhelmson Tuure who was born in Finland
and he was interviewed 25 years later. after work at home in Neils Ebbesensvej.

A taxi firm was started in 1902 with a garage at Vesterbrogade 25 with some large electric cars, and he was one of 8 drivers, who learned to drive on tricycles with Cornelius Steffensen
That firm went bankrupt because the vehicles were too large and ran out of current too quickly.

Meanwhile before the bankrupcy three automobiles had been ordered from the H C Chrisitansen of the
Danks Automobilfabrik in Store Kongensgade

The bodywork was made in Denmark on a Renault chassis.

One Herr Harboe purchase the three cars but failed too

From him E Wilhelmson Tuure purchasd K900 (registration number) for 450 kroner and started as an owner driver.

There was no steering wheel just a tiller and the moter had a crank to start it.
.The radiator was under the car and the single cylinder engine under was the driver's seat.
¤ seats and a hood to close the car in rainy weather.

Heste-Druskykuskerne were malicious !

K900 broke down daily and lasted 2 years
The car was more "a novelty like aeroplanes today"
(about 1927 or 1929)

He got stuck on Lyngbyvej in the snow and had to get the passengers to push him free.

For 25 kr he was booked to drive some swedish journalists to the funeral of Christian ?? at Roskilde Cathedral but they arrived late because he broke down at Rødmølle (bread factory today) and the journey had to continue by horse power.

Speed was 15 to 20 km an hour.

He voices the universal complaint to this day - the customers say "not enough enough taxi's" and the drivers say "too many".
He sold K900 for 350kr. "it should have ended up in the Bymuseum"

His present car was a luxury Renault costing 10,000 kr and he works for or with Taxamotor taking orders by telephone

Now aged 61 the interviewee E Wilhelmson Tuure had started work at 430 am and finished at 400pm and has a daily turnover of 15 to 16 kroner (about 1929)


TAXAMOTOR started 3. June 1908 with 11 taxis driving out from the garage at Ved Glyptoteket 2-4.
TaxaMotor painted red and white on all the doors and the first DROSKECENTRALEN - telephone operated dispatcher's ioffice. telefonnummer 9001

and now 70 338 338

Today a Copenhagen day driver works 5 days a week from 6 00 am to 4 00 pm and has a turnover of 1800 to 2200 kr shared with the owner 50/50 as expenses and wages.

The modern taxi is typically a well maintained, less then 3 years old, Mercedes 4 door saloon with global positioning and digital dispatching and fleet control.
telephone 3535 3535

I had 25 years experience as a driver with them and a lot of fun - a good way to learn spoken danish too.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

stones in the web - Homepage

stones in the web - Homepage

Old Letters from Denmark : (1892-1898) to Erik Eriksen Damgaard in Nebraska, USA. Read about Niels, Rasmus & Dorthea; & check out the map of Denmark!

Great Danish Recipes : Delicious pastry and more from Grandma Hattie's kitchen.

Råsejlstræf d. 1.- 8. juli 2005

rowing boat meeting 2005
put it in your diary
meet Roskilde Museumshavnen ! July 2005
depart Sunday 3 July 2005 to
camp Isefjorden 4 to 8 July 2005
during the week it will be possible to crew Havhingsten fra Glendalough

Viking martial Arts


Dear friends,

This year training-camp at the Roskilde Viking Ship Museum will be held in week 33 from Wednesday the 17th of August to Sunday the 21st of August.

The participants are supposed to show up on the Wednesday before 12.00 o�clock and we will check in to the Youth Hostel at the Museums premises later in the Afternoon. The participants do not have to check out from the Hostel until Monday morning the 22nd of August.

For those who participate for the first time, I would like to ad some background information of �the Viking Warrior Ship Project�. This is a project that started in 2002 and will culminate 2007 when the replica of Skuldelev 2 Viking Long-ship will sail for the British Isles with a crew of 70 people, and 5-10 of them will belong to the Museums Martial Arts project that Lars Magnar Enoksen is in charge of.

The projects training-camp contains of two important and closely integrated things, and that is sailings with Viking ships and practical reconstructions of the Viking Fighting Arts.

This year (2005) we will do four sailings, and hopefully one of them will be with �Havhingsten fra Glendalough� (Skuldelev 2). It will be decided in March if a sailing with the Long-ship is possible.

We will of course also train the Viking Martial Arts, and this year you will notice that we will train on a highly advanced level. The theme of this year is the Berserks-fury and what can be learned from it. "



the latest copy of a viking ship: "Havhingsten fra Glendalough"

Guide Michelin gives 3 stars to the museum as a tourist atraction.

experimental voyages

VIKING (Gokstad)
Norge – USA
Magnus Andersen

KON TIKI (fri rek.)
Peru – Polynesien
Thor Heyerdahl

BRENDAN (fri rek.)
Irland – Canada
Tim Severin

Verden rundt
Ragnar Thorseth

Parts of the viking ship and names of rigging

you can't say to a crew member GRAB THAT ROPE !

and he answers WHAT?

traditional seamanship involves knowing the name and function of every line of a 3 masted ship for example.

A traditional fishing boat in Orkney is divided into "rooms"
bailing room is the only one I can remember
one seat in front of the stern room
the bilge water will run back with each stroke as the boat is rowed

mast room is where the mast fish is

Vikingernes stolte skude - 1.2. 2005 on TV

Vikingernes stolte skude - 1.2. 2005

Google Search: havhingsten

Saevarsson Photo Gallery - Trip to Roskilde Viking Museum 2003

BBC - History - Viking Dig Reports

BBC - History - Viking Dig Reports: "In the mid-90s, an extension to the Roskilde Viking Ship Museum was built specifically to house the reconstructed Viking ships.

It was during the building works for this extension that a whole new excavation began.

In the autumn of 1996 the builders encountered ship parts in the soil.

Further excavation revealed nine ships.
Some of these ships are from the middle ages, but one is certainly a Viking warship.
Known as Roskilde 6 it measured some 36m in length
- the longest Viking ship ever discovered.

The trees used to make the ship were dated using dendrochronology, showing the ship to have been made sometime around AD 1,025.

Today the timbers are also going through a lengthy process of conservation, to ensure these ships can join the Skuldelev ships as historical records of the Viking period."

Sunday, May 01, 2005

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