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History - Maritime
Science - General
Lennart has sailed the seven seas as an officer before becoming a Naval Architect. He is now educating future officers of the Royal Danish Navy in their role as navigators. Believing that learning should be fun he is more of a performer than a traditional lecturer, and always wants his audiences to take part or gain some hands-on experience from his talks. Topics would be on Navigation combined with Astronomy, Arctic navigation in combination with great Arctic explorers, modern Ship construction and Naval History especially in the North Sea and Baltic region. Being from Denmark he speaks the Scandinavian languages as well as being a fluent English speaker who also communicates in the major European languages.


1. Danish straits
After centuries of income from duties to the King of Denmark the Sound provided a highway for Nelson to attack Copenhagen in 1801. Today russian warships pass the Great Belt peacefully, while Denmark struggle to make pilotage compulsory in order to avoid oil spillage in the narrow shipping lanes.
The technical features and political considerations of the Great Belt Bridge regarding the right of passage for ships entering the Baltic Sea. And how to avoid damages to the bridge in case of ship collisions.

2. Scandinavia Under pressure: Split second decisions that changed history.
April 1´st 1801 Horatio Nelson is ordered by his admiral to halt the battle of Copenhagen. His reaction is a complete surprise – and he wins the battle.
April 9´th 1940 a Norwegian officer spots a German warship in the grey morning off Oslo. Should he open fire and start a war with mighty Germany?
This talk points out the historical background and difficult navigational features of the Danish and Norwegian waters from the Oslo Fjord over the Sound with Kronborg Castle and Three Crown Fortress.

3. The Vikings – How did they manage to expand to America and Asia?
What led the small population from the cold North to rule over so many places in the course of 200 years?
Get an insight into Viking ship technology that made oceangoing vessels able to navigate in shallow rivers and what part climate change played at the time.
Wonder why they would go to Greenland and give this icy place such a strange name.
Understand how it was possible to find their way across the Atlantic Ocean to America without any compass or sighting along the way.

4. Battle for power in the Baltic!
From Vikings and medieval kings to modern wind farms and pipelines the right to use the sea has been challenged for centuries. The German escape from the Red Army over the Baltic in the final winter of WWII

5. Searching for the north-west passage to the Pacific and ending up in Bergen
Why would anybody in their right mind try to go to the Pacific via the Arctic in 1619?
What caused the expedition to fail?
Why did only three men return, and why did they end up in a jail in Bergen instead of being celebrated in Copenhagen?

6. An Arabian journey. Is it wise to try to learn from other civilizations?
In 1761 the Danish king sent out a group of five experts to the Arabic world in an attempt to gain new knowledge. So why did only one of the brilliant scientists return, and why did another make preparations for murder?


7. What are all the little dots in the night sky?
Can you see events that took place before humans evolved? other planetary systems? stars being born
or dying? How do you find true North?
And why does the Sun and Moon seem to increase in size when rising and setting?
Including names and stories of major star constellations

8. The secrets of navigating by the stars
It took hundreds of years to perfect, and the final breakthrough was made by a clockmaker.
Understand the methods and try for yourself how to fix your position without familiar landmarks or a GPS

9. (followed by hands-on tutorials in small groups on astronomical observation. Outside on deck during daytime or nighttime).

10. Reading the nautical chart right here
A walk-through features of the coast, seabed, shipping lanes, lighthouses, depth, tides and currents etc. at the actual position (Inside or outside on deck, paper chart or ship's ECDIS system as appropriate)

11. How does a cruise ship stay upright and afloat
Being so tall it looks like it's going to tip over anytime. Made of steel that is much heavier than water.
What are the forces and safety features that make a modern ship able to handle the worst conditions Mother Nature can throw at it?

12. Meteorology with focus on the actual spot
The planetary wind system and other major drivers of weather. Why does some areas experience endless wind and precipitation while others seem to have a never ending summer? Where would you be guaranteed never to meet wind? And what is it with the trade in the trade winds?

13. The Midnight Sun and northern lights
Get an insight into the astronomy behind the midnight sun. What exactly is the Arctic Circle and why does the Sun sometimes shine at midnight? Learn also about white nights and why the polar night is not all darkness.
After 20 years experience as a lecturer and presenter I am a popular speaker who wants to expand my field of work.