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Woodbridge in Middlesex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Captain Henrik Kurt Carlsen

 
 
Captain Henrik Kurt Carlsen Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, October 20, 2018
1. Captain Henrik Kurt Carlsen Marker
Inscription.  
For seven days in January, 1952, the world news media was focused of Woodbridge resident and commercial sea captain Henrik Kurt Carlsen (1914-89) who steadfastly remained onboard his crippled freighter as she slowly sank in the English Channel.

After the worst North Atlantic storm in a quarter century ripped open the hull of the Flying Enterprise, Carlsen ordered the 40 crew members and 10 passengers onto lifeboats while he stayed aboard, alone, to make repairs and protect the ship’s cargo from salvage from another company. Not until another storm threatened to capsize the ship did Carlsen finally allow himself to be rescued by an English lifeboat.

A seaman since age 14 and master mariner by 22, Carlsen’s heroism was recognized by the Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Award authorized by a special act of Congress. He eschewed the spotlight his fame created and returned to sea as a working captain until retiring in 1976.

More than 100,000 people poured into Woodbridge for Carlsen’s welcome-home celebration on Jan. 19, 1952. Nearly 60 years later on Jan. 10, 2012 the Captain Carlsen Park in Sewaren
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was rededicated with a monument donated by Shipco Transport of Hoboken. A contingent of Danish visitors including the Royal Danish Guards were present along with members of the Carlsen family.

More information visit www.wthpc.org
Woodbridge Township Historic Preservation Commission
Mayor John E. McCormac Woodbridge Township 2013
 
Erected 2013 by Woodbridge Township Historic Preservation Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1952.
 
Location. 40° 33.355′ N, 74° 17.44′ W. Marker is in Woodbridge, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of N Park Drive and Gorham Avenue on N Park Drive. The marker is in the Marion & Norman Tanzman Recreation Area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Woodbridge NJ 07095, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bloomfield House c. 1750 (within shouting distance of this marker); Cooper’s Dairy Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Star Eagle Section (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Port Reading (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Fred Albee & U.S. General Hospital No. 3 (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonia Triangle & Colonia Library
Captain Henrik Kurt Carlsen Marker site image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, October 20, 2018
2. Captain Henrik Kurt Carlsen Marker site
The marker is on the far side of Gorham Avenue.
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Woman’s Club of Fords (about 500 feet away); Colonia Country Club (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbridge.
 
Also see . . .  Personal Heorism - Captain Kurt Carlsen and the Flying Enterprise. (Submitted on November 24, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
 
Inset image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, October 20, 2018
3. Inset
Captain Henrik Kurt Carlsen
Inset image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, October 20, 2018
4. Inset
The Captain Carlsen Park rededication
Captain Carlsen also got a ticker-tape parade in New York City image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, March 14, 2019
5. Captain Carlsen also got a ticker-tape parade in New York City
Broadway - Canyon of Heroes sidewalk marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 24, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 515 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 24, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   5. submitted on March 14, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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