The old rescue station located by Abeline’s Farm is open every Wednesday. The whole family can be rescued from the sea like in days of yore – with a cable car from the rescue station.
The storms hits the side of the ship, the rains pours down, and the captain does everything he can to keep the ship from going aground – but there is nothing to do; the ship does go aground! It rains on the shipwrecked people who are tossed about by the waves and left to their destiny…
On land, a group of men is making preparations. A message has been called in to the wreck master: a ship has gone aground! All hands get ready, the rope is led out and one by one the men on land rescue the whole ship’s crew!
Now your family can experience for itself how a rescue operation took place in the olden days.
Rescue station will open
There is a rescue station by Abeline’s Farm. In the olden days, it was used for rescue exercise where local folk practiced rescue operations at sea. By tying a rope, that was fastened on land to a boat support, to the stranded ship’s mast, it was possible to ease a chair out to the ship. One by one, the sailors on the stranded ship could sit themselves in the chair and let the rescue team on land pull them in. The museum curator at Abeline’s Farm, Lasse Justesen, says that Danish rescue stations have always held rescue exercises: “Four times a year the local rescue team met and tested their skills so they knew exactly what to do in case a ship went aground. It was necessary to keep track of many ropes that all had to be put together correctly!”
When we have rescue exercise at Abeline’s Farm we help each other to put up the ropes so that we can save big and small, brave sailors.
From Wreck Master House to Abeline’s Farm
Nowadays, we know the farm on the west coast of Jutland as Abeline’s Farm, but before that, before Abeline even moved in to the farm, it was a wreck master’s house and Abeline’s father-in-law was the wreck master. The job of the wreck master was to keep an eye on and report shipwrecks, stranded ships and recoveries on his part of the beach. The wreck master’s house was also the place where the shipwrecked people could stay the night after their rescue. Abeline’s Farm housed, among others, seamen from the German ship Elisabeth Rickmers, which was wrecked in 1894 on the part of the beach that belonged to the farm. Today you can still find traces of the great shipwreck, such as nameplates from the mighty ship!
The Ringkøbing-Skjern Museum follows the guidelines of the authorities and of course takes the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of infection.
All Wednesdays in July, August, September and October at 13:00
Address: Sdr. Klitvej 87, 6960 Hvide Sande – at the rescue station
Free when entrance fee is paid.
Adults: 50 kr.
Support ticket: 60 kr. Children and adolescents under 18 free of charge according to adults
Opening hours at Abelines Gaard
June 29 and July – August: All days at 11-17
Entrance fee: DKK 50 Support ticket: DKK 60
Children and adolescents under the age of 18 free for adults
A majority in the Folketing has agreed on a “summer package”, which means, among other things, that there is half the price of admission and guided tours at the Ringkøbing-Skjern Museum during the schools summer holidays: June 27 to August 9, 2020.