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This book is dedicated to the millions of U.S. Marines, who through war and peace has secured the free world’s movements on the seven seas.

In December 1976 we were young, diligent and full of enthusiasm. When we were given the opportunity to meet Captain Kurt Carslen, who had just retired from his life-long service as a merchant mariner, we departed immediately for Woodbridge, New Jersey. It was indeed a great honour to capture his personal and his personal and highly treasured version of the events in the North Atlantic ocean as they truly had happened during the X-mas and new year of 51/52.

November 2011: We are sitting on the main cargo hatch of the old coaster “Caroline S”, bound for it’s home town Svendborg – one of the most historical important harbours of Denmark. On board is the first batch of the danish version of the book about Carlsen. Captain on the bridge, is Jens Rytter. He was the person who had the honourfull task of spreading the ashes of Kurt Carlsen at sea.

In between us, is the the original life buoy from Flying Enterprise – once held by the highest decorated mechant mariner this world have seen. It is a moment of great pride and breath taking historical magnitude.

Fate, destiny and the lord’s ways are wonderfull and unpredictable. Bjarne Bekker, author

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