From the private collection of Jørgen Vikkelsø.
Built by Odense Staalskibsværft, Odense, no. 95.
Icebreaker passenger steam ferry * 2 screw aft, 1 fore * 2d *
2477grt, 966nrt, 480dw * 68.88/62.75×16.90/16.50×7.50/5.639 *
3T 3cyl. (21″-33″-55″)x36″, 6000ihp, 15kn, A/S Frichs, Aarhus, no. 586/7/8 *
4SB Scotch 12f HS13231, oilfired, A/S Helsingørs Jernskibs- og Maskinbyggeri, Elsinore, no. 985/6/7/8 * Passengers: 600 *
24.11.1940: Ordered. Contract price:
12.07.1941: Keel laid.
09.05.1942: Named and launched.
22.12.1942: Delivered to De Danske Statsbaner – DSB, Korsør.
18.09.1944: Sailed Copenhagen. Whilst in tow of S/S MJØLNER for Isefjorden to be laid up, escaped to Swedish waters when off Elsinore. Laid up at Helsingborg until the end of World War II.
06.05.1945: 9 trips: Elsinore-Helsinborg with the Danish troops and equipment. Before leaving Elsinore she came under heavy fire from ashore with hand weapons. Left Elsinore for Helsingborg.
07.05.1945: Sailed Helsingborg for Elsinore.
08.05.1945: Redelivered to DSB.
23.02.1954: Collided with M/F BROEN of Korsør 1582/52 in Nyborg Fjord during icebreaking. She was hit off the boiler room, and two firemen were killed by the steam. HOLGER DANSKE was towed aground to prevent sinking. Later refloated.
23.03-22.06.1954: Repaired and rebuilt by A/S Burmeister & Wain. Copenhagen. Superstructure enlarged and bridge moved forward.
12.11.1974: Sold to H. J. Hansen A/S, Odense for demolition. Price: 42 USD per ldt.
13.11.1974: Arrived the breakers towed from Korsør by Svitzer’s VALKYRIEN.
18.06.1975: Reported as broken up. She had been active as an icebreaker for 29 weeks.