“Broen” before the bridge

22. May 2015 | Nyborg

The ferry M/F Broen (which means “the bridge”), once sailed across the Great Belt between Nyborg and Korsør. It will be docked in Nyborg for the next two years, while the Museums of Eastern Funen explore the possibilities for allowing the ferry to be permanently placed in Nyborg harbour. It can be part of the story of “Nyborg - in the heart of the kingdom”. In addition to Nyborg Castle and the many other heritage sites in Nyborg, the M/F Broen can become an important piece of the puzzle to demonstrate Nyborg’s importance as a crossroads.

M/F Broen was built in 1951 at the Frederikshavn Shipyard specifically for the Nyborg-Kørsør crossing, where it began its route in 1952. M/F Broen is the last Great Belt ferry and with certainty the only remaining ferry that sailed from the inner harbour in Nyborg. When car ferries began sailing from nearby Knudshoved in 1957, M/F Broen moved to that new harbour. It sailed that route until 1966, when it was moved to the route between Aarhus (Jutland) and Kalundborg (Sjælland). It was retired as a DSB (Danish National Railway) ferry in 1992 and has since then led an uncertain life as a discoteque-ferry. But all that may change, and the old ferry might get a new life in its original home port. If so, it will tell the story of the town’s ferry connections before the opening of the Great Belt Bridge in 1998.

A unanimous Finance Committee under the Nyborg Municipal Council has decided to dedicate 50,000 kr. to rent docking space for the next two years. If a good project receives sufficient backing, the Municipality of Nyborg has an option to buy the ferry. M/F Broen is in every way a heritage site of great national significance for this coastal country, which for a thousand years has been connected with ferries and bridges.

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