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Remembering the Cod Wars

Interest in the more than 30-year-old Cod wars is alive and well in Iceland. An interest group for the restoration of the old Coast Guard cruiser Ódin was founded in Reykjavík Maritime Museum yesterday.

Founding members of the group, Hollvinasamtök Ódins, include high profile figures, such as Icelandic President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Minister of Justice, Björn Bjarnason, and Vilhjálmur Th. Vilhjálmsson, Mayor of Reykjavík, Fréttabladid reports.

Ódin played a major part in the Cod Wars, a fishing zone dispute with Britain in the 70s, when the Icelandic fishing zone was extended to 50 miles, and again later when in was extended to 200 miles.

The goal of the newly formed group is to preserve Ódin and turn it into “a splendid frame around the history of the Cod Wars and the rescue service the Icelandic Coast Guard cruisers have provided,” as it says in a press release.

To read more about cruisers and the Cod Wars, click here.

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