Photographer's Note

This is a picture taken last year. A view from the walkway Fjellveien around 115 masl. In the lower part of the picture we can see the roofs of the Bryggen houses. In the middle we have the Nordnes peninsula.

During the World War II, on the 20th April 1944 (on the birthday of Adolf Hitler), the dutch ship Voorbode loaded with 120 tons of explosives exploded at 8 am in the morning. Voorbode was anchored not far from where the sailing ship Staatsraad Lemkuhl has its place on this picture.

Speculations were going on, since the accident happened on Hitler`s birthday, that it was sabotage against the German authorities who had hired the ship. Investigations after the accident found out that the cause was spontanious ignition in a coal bunkers on board.

102 Norwegians and 56 foreigners (mostly Germans) died. 4800 people were injured in the accident, that also destroyed warehouses, civil buildings, vessels and cultural heritage buildings.
A large part of the civil buildings, mostly small wooden houses, on the Nordnes peninsula were destroyed this day.

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