So say Mette Ruffalo (Historic Breivik’s Team), Kjeersten Pedersen (Historic Breivik’s Team), Ron Engin-Glug (The Kurt Adelier Company) and Stein Hoagland.
We’re sitting in Brevik’s Old Town Hall in a room featuring Cort Adeler influences, going back a few hundred years. And that’s what Cort Adeler is all about.
If, like me, you’ve just heard of Cort Adeler, next year will be a big celebration for this man, who is probably for the most part a war hero.
– Then one might ask why should we recognize a war hero? But there were other times, and he was a man of his time, says Mate Ruffalo of the history team who took the initiative to celebrate the anniversary. It happens in association with Cort Adeler and Brevik Music Corps. Together, they have created a separate events commission working to implement Cort Adeler’s 400th Anniversary.
– We can’t see him through the 2021 glasses. Stein Hoagland noted that he’s done a great job with the Danish-Norwegian Navy and Venice.
Then let’s be quick to say Cort Adeler has been flagged before. There are photos from the anniversary celebration 50 years ago, not at least 100 years ago. Then there was a big celebration with many people in attendance when the statue was first unveiled.
– There are many who don’t know Kurt Adeler anymore. But it is as well known in Denmark as it is in Norway. Place names are named after him throughout our country. He was an especially great man.
“It’s important to celebrate what we can celebrate,” Hoagland said, noting that Breivik has a scooter sailing tradition.
should light up
This means that a statue of Kurt Adler in the field will literally appear.
– It’s dark and sad where you stand. We hardly see it, but by now it should be lit up, Ruffalo points out.
It’s not just the 400th anniversary. Cort Adeler has also had a round year, but on a much smaller scale. They can celebrate ten years.
We talked about it for many years, before we finally decided on it, says Ron Engin-Glug.
The company is not only for Cort Adeler, but also for his entire family.
– We must not forget that his brother Nils moved to Karajiro. Besides Kurt, he was the one who made sure Krajiro got his city privileges. Engin Glog points out that Kragerø has a lot to thank, and he should come to the field during the celebration.
On the whole, they hope that more people will participate in the celebration of the sea champion from Brevik.
We encourage teams, associations and trade platforms to join. There may be a lot more about Cort Adeler next year. We hope so.
But more importantly, it puts Cort Adeler back on the map, and makes him better known to today’s generation.
The goal of the celebration is to ensure that future generations also know what lies in the history of our region. Simple little boy of little Brevik made it big, also on the outside. Although it came from simple circumstances.
More on that in the facts section at the end of the case.
This is how it should be celebrated
In addition to all joint events, various activities related to Cort Adeler from 400 years ago will also be arranged. This applies to the three associations behind the celebration as well as to the many different associations and teams in Brevik.
Here are some of the highlights of Cort Adeler from 400 years ago:
Wednesday 6 April: Historic evening at the Brevik Culture House, lecture by Ole Henrik Geroldsen.
Saturday 18th June: Anniversary Concert and the official opening of ‘Anniversary of Cort Adeler’, Concert with the Royal Norwegian Navy Band in Rådhusplassen.
Saturday 22 October: Concert at Breivik House of Culture in honor of Kurt Adelier with words and tones.
Friday December 16th: Celebrating the 400th birthday of Kurt Adeler, support party for Kurt Adeler.
Just Kurt Adelier
Cort Adeler (originally named Curt Sivertsen) was a naval hero who participated in the war in many waters. First for the Dutch Navy, then for the Venetian city-state, and finally for the Danish-Norwegian Navy. He was a skilled sailor, won many battles, and is perhaps Norway’s greatest naval hero of all time.
Cort Adeler was born in Brevik in 1622, on the street that today bears the name Cort Adelerstredet (No. 4, where the store «Trehuset» is today). Brevik in the time of Kurt Adelier was a small town with large exports of timber, mainly to the Netherlands. Contact with Holland in the 16th and 17th centuries was so widespread that Dutch was spoken on the streets of Brevik. Kurt’s father first ran salt mills in Langoya outside Langesund, before settling in Brevik and entering the city’s lucrative timber business. Kurt Adeler grew up in the seaside town of Brevik. When he was 15 years old, he was sent to Holland to learn navigation and mathematics. He soon proved so skilled that he was accepted as a cadet in the Dutch Navy, where he quickly rose in rank, and already when he was 23 years old, he was assigned to command his own ship.
Kurt Adelier was later brought in to fight for Venice, which he did for good. He won great battles, earned honor and glory as a fearsome war hero, and was generously rewarded for his efforts
In Denmark, things were bad in the mid-17th century. Large parts of the Danish-Norwegian fleet were lost in the war, and a strongman was needed to rebuild the navy. Kurt Adelier was sent, and in 1663 he joined the position of admiral general in the Danish-Norwegian Navy. He built the Danish-Norwegian fleet from almost nothing into a new and powerful fleet. As supreme leader, he received the title of nobility, and became number three on the ladder after the king. Not bad for a kid from Brevik and now so far, so far, in the world.
Through his work, Kurt Adeler became a rich man. He bought large property in Telemark, including Gimsøy Abbey, and kept his valuables via his brother Nils. So although Kurt only returned to Breivik once in adulthood, he left traces in the area. Kurt Adelier died in 1675 aboard a Navy ship. He did not die in the war, but from disease.
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