Thyborøn canal

Connects Limfjorden to the North Sea through Agger Tange.

History:
A severe storm from west-south-west raged the Danish westcoast on 3rd and 4th February 1825. Suddenly the sea broke through Agger Tange and opened a canal between the North Sea and Limfjorden.
This caused severe problems and poverty for the people in the small town of Thyborøn.
But it also created new possibilities.
When nature in Limfjorden had assimilated to the higher degree of salt in the water, the fishermen caught more fish. Through the new canal ships could pass which increased the trade between the towns around Limfjorden and many foreign countries. This increased the income for the people in Thyborøn.
In 1847 the canal was enlarged to a width of 400 meters and a depth of 2,5 meters. This allowed larger ships to pass and at this time there was a direct connection to the UK. At most 1805 ships passed the canal in 1855.
Drifting sand made the canal more and from 1860 the traffic to the UK could not continue.
A storm in 1862 opened a new canal through Agger Tange about one kilometer north of the old canal. And in 1875 the Danish government invested great resources to secure the western coast of Jutland. The canal at Thyborøn was deepened and the fairway was marked, as well as several fairways in Limfjorden. These investments started a strong developement in the area.
Through the years the North Sea has carved itself deeper into Jutland and Limfjorden. Several times land has been reinforced and quite a few times there has been proposals to close the Thyborøn canal as a way to stop the sea. There has been proposals to build a lock in the canal, as a way to control the waterflow. Bu so far nothing has been done.




There is a vast protection against erosion has been built towards the North Sea

The piers are strongly reienforced

A trawler on it's way through the canal


© Photos taken 2004 by Ingemar Nordlund

 




View westwards from the ferry between Thyrborön and Agger.

View westwards from the ferry between Thyrborön and Agger.

View westwards from the ferry between Thyrborön and Agger.


© Photos taken 2004 by Ingemar Nordlund

 


Sources: Mogens Brems, "Danmark til søs" part III, 1976.
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