On 14 December 1928, the training ship the “København” departed from Buenos Aires setting course for Adelaide, Australia. Eight days later the ship sent out a telegram – “all well on board”. This was the last the world ever hear from the enormous ship. On an unknown position, somewhere in the cold southern Atlantic, the ship perished and took 60 young sailors with it into the abyss. No bodies or debris were ever recovered.
The “København” was the world’s largest and finest sailing ship at the time it vanished. The loss of the great ship became the end of Denmark’s most powerful man at that time; H.N. Andersen, founder of the East Asiatic Company. The story of the “København” and the mystery surrounding its disappearance was a tragedy that touched and changed the maritime world forever.