A New Beginning
The history of the harbour at Jegindø starts with the fishermen at Harboøre: “Hell develops by imagining that a land of milk and honey lies elsewhere”. Fishermen at Harboøre wanted above all to be located inside Limfjord. In the late 1800s this dream was put into perspective by some tragic shipwrecks that put people in doubt as to “where God had his thoughts” – writes the Danish historian and author Hans Edvard Nørregård-Nielsen in his introductory text about Jegindø in “Stemmer og Steder” (Voices and Places) in Limfjord 1.
56 Harboøre Fishermen Drown Over 35 Years
Eight fishermen from Harboøre drowned on 17th November 1862, and 6 months later 10 more met the same fate on 11th May. In 1893 the most tragic drowning event took place off Harboøre when 26 fishermen lost their lives. On the 25thJanuary 1897 the lifeboat capsized and a further 12 fishermen drowned. These repeated tragedies enhanced the desire to move from Harboøre into a location inside Limfjord – and some hade already made this move. Jegindø is located “just round the corner” from Oddesund. Families from Harboøre could visit Oddesund on a day trip. In 1884 about 50 previous Horboøre residents had settled on Jegindø island where it was possible to make a living by fishing or farming.