For over fifty years, she was taking stores to settlements on the Greenland coast and also taking out sealskins and reindeer meat to Canada. In the 1970s the Fylla was converted back to a sailing vessel and then sold to the Island of Fyn, to take up to 30 school children and 2 teachers on sailing trips in the summer.
The Fylla’s captain is the Australian David Thomas, and twenty years ago, with his wife Kirsty, he had converted the steel schooner Freia back to sail for charter work.
The Freia, built on the island of Bornholm in 1897, is the only Danish built steel sailer. Last summer, under captain Lauge Domstrup, the Freia was running trips from the Viking Ship Museum at Roskilde. The Viking longship replicas also take out passengers and carried 7,000 people on trips down the fjord last summer.
The Freia is owned in Arhus, but was based at Bornholm for charter work, because she was built there, but the seas off the island were too large to do regular day trips.
This was a prelude to the building of a replica of the 1859 wooden barque Svanen at Nixo. The keel has been laid and some of the frames are up.