The Great Belt Fishing Boat

"Rylen" is unusually well documented in the history of Kerteminde. First of all by being a Great Belt fishing boat, typical to this particular place, the fishing port of Kerteminde. Furthermore, "Rylen" was home base for a unique artistic project, involving the town's most well-known artist, Johannes Larsen.

"Rylen" was built in 1896 and was right from the start a part of the fleet of Great Belt fishing boats that caught herring, the backbone of Kerteminde's economy. A single boat could catch fish valued at 6000 kr. over a couple of months. That was quite a lot of money back then.

The Great Belt fishing boats were slender, clinker-built vessels that could either be pointed or flat at the stern. This type of boat was known to be fast and seaworthy. The crew usually consisted of three men: a shipmaster, a fisherman and a boy. If there was a shortage of fishermen, labourers and smallholders sometimes got a chance to get offshore. By special arrangement, the boys who sailed on the Great Belt fishing boats didn't have to report to school until Oct.10.

We don't have a great deal of information about the boat's first years. In all likelihood, it had a motor installed between 1905-1915 like most of the other Great Belt fishing boats. At the end of World War I, the boat's name was "Fremad" (meaning forward), carried 6 tons and had a 4 hp engine. It belonged to H.Christiansen from the fishing village of Bregnør on Odense Fjord.


Johannes Larsen Museet

Kunstnerhjemmet for fynbomaleren Johannes Larsen er kendt langt uden for landets grænser for den unikke atmosfære.



Threads in the Nature
March 9 - June 2, 2019
Johannes Larsen Museum

Inge Bjørn, Anne Marie Egemose, Annette Holdensen and Randi N. Lium show their textile art.


What would we do without you
3. December 2018
Johannes Larsen Museet

We are so fortunate to have many volunteers connected to the museum, who help us with many things.

Piggy bank for the history of snaps
26. October 2018
Johannes Larsen Museum

The Snaps Pig has just been published in a handsome new edition with a foreword by Johannes Larsen’s grandson, who carries on the traditions and recipes for spiced aquavit from his grandfather.

Search for Christine Swane paintings met with great success
26. June 2018
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Our art search was broadcast far and wide with the help of the press, Facebook and by word of mouth. After just a short time, to our great pleasure, we received many responses from people who own artwork by Christine Swane.

Fresh nesting boxes for Larsen’s birds
26. March 2018
The Johannes Larsen Museum

Our faithful volunteer, Mogens Salling, has spent the last few weeks cleaning and repairing all the bird boxes in Larsen’s garden.