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    Default Fred olsen outbreak of ww11 broadcast to shipping

    Please, I have read about this ages ago, can't recall source - do Old Friends have any proof of this? English government used FO because of his distinctive Danish voice and well known persona. It did bring some shipping, out at sea when war was declared, into British ports. Difficult decisions for Captains.

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    Default Re: Fred olsen outbreak of ww11 broadcast to shipping

    Hi! I don't know anything about Fred Olsen, but the danish master H.C. Røder spoke on BBC 12th April 1940, trying to convience danish masters and seamen to sail to allied ports.
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    Default Re: Fred olsen outbreak of ww11 broadcast to shipping

    Very many thanks for this! Clearly I was climbing up the wrong mast. This below (if it works) is from a book: DANISH MERCHANT SEAMEN p 294 available on Google books, perhaps you referredtqwo1j4d.jpg to this. Also noted in ANDERS LASSEN by Mike Langley -Major Lassen SBS was of course Danish, so the broadcast affected him personally at sea. The broadcast must have been done very quickly, I still nourish a sentimental hope Fred Olsen was involved somewhere..
    Many thanks again for solving my problem.

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    Default Re: Fred olsen outbreak of ww11 broadcast to shipping

    I assume you are referring to the owner of the Fred Olsen line ? If not I sailed with an Olsen Chief engineer in the late 50s can’t remember his first name at the moment. He was a man in his fourties’ then about 57/58. JS … He was chief on one of the Runcimans ships . Who later about 1964 went back to Anchor line in Glasgow as were part owners of them . When they had an office in Newcastle they had a memorial book of all their seafarers lost during the war in their Foyer, this went with them up to Scotland. As far as I know they are still working in the Anchor line Offices under the name of Runcimans Shipping. Sounds a bit muddled I know , but thought you were talking about the Fred Olsen line which the Olsen I knew would be doubtful if he had any connections with. Cheers JS.
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    Ref. #4 after a nights sleep and further wracking memory , believe the Olsen I knew was Jimmy Olsen. Not the Jimmy Olsen in super man the trainee boy reporter I might add. Cheers JS.
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