The Cod Wars – When Britain and Iceland Almost Went to War over Fish

The Cod Wars – When Britain and Iceland Almost Went to War over Fish

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Cod wars

Cod wars

Icelandic patrol ship ICGV Óðinn and British frigate HMS Scylla clash in the North Atlantic, in the 1970s, during the "Cod Wars".

Icelandic patrol ship ICGV Óðinn and British frigate HMS Scylla clash in the North Atlantic, in the 1970s, during the "Cod Wars".

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HMS Yarmouth(F101) at sea in Falklands War, 5th June '82. The first modified Type 12(Rothesay Class) Frigate to enter service. Built by John Brown & Co & commissioned 26/03/60. Saw service in the Cod Wars and Falkland War. Decommissioned 30/04/86. Heavily modernised during refit in '66, she was armed with 2x4.5" Mk 6 guns, a quad Seacat SAM launcher, a Limbo mortar & 2x20mm Oelikons. Had hanger space to carry a Wasp Chopper.

HMS Yarmouth(F101) at sea in Falklands War, 5th June '82. The first modified Type 12(Rothesay Class) Frigate to enter service. Built by John Brown & Co & commissioned 26/03/60. Saw service in the Cod Wars and Falkland War. Decommissioned 30/04/86. Heavily modernised during refit in '66, she was armed with 2x4.5" Mk 6 guns, a quad Seacat SAM launcher, a Limbo mortar & 2x20mm Oelikons. Had hanger space to carry a Wasp Chopper.

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From the 1950s through the 1970s, Iceland and the United Kingdom repeatedly butted heads over who was allowed to fish in the waters around Iceland.

From the 1950s through the 1970s, Iceland and the United Kingdom repeatedly butted heads over who was allowed to fish in the waters around Iceland.

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HMS Leopard(F14), a Leopard class Type 41 Anti Aircraft Frigate, built at Portsmouth dockyard she was commissioned on 30/09/58. In '63 severly damaged when in collision  with South African minesweeper Pietermaritzburg. Serve in both the '73 & '75 Cod Wars with Iceland. Scrapped in Dartford 1977.

HMS Leopard(F14), a Leopard class Type 41 Anti Aircraft Frigate, built at Portsmouth dockyard she was commissioned on 30/09/58. In '63 severly damaged when in collision with South African minesweeper Pietermaritzburg. Serve in both the '73 & '75 Cod Wars with Iceland. Scrapped in Dartford 1977.

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After the Cod Wars of 1975 the fishing fleet was gradually decomissioned and the boats abandoned on the mud flats of the River Wyre 2 miles from Fleetwood itself. They have been left to gradually deteriorate and rot away. The British fishing industry based on Icelandic fish produced about 23.1 million pounds worth of catch. The agreement with Iceland caused about 1,500 fishermen to become unemployed, plus about 7, 500 people on shore became unemployed.

After the Cod Wars of 1975 the fishing fleet was gradually decomissioned and the boats abandoned on the mud flats of the River Wyre 2 miles from Fleetwood itself. They have been left to gradually deteriorate and rot away. The British fishing industry based on Icelandic fish produced about 23.1 million pounds worth of catch. The agreement with Iceland caused about 1,500 fishermen to become unemployed, plus about 7, 500 people on shore became unemployed.

Salt Pond Visitor Center is Cape Cod National Seashore's main visitor facility, with frequent orientation movies, a well stocked bookstore, a comprehensive museum, and restroom facilities. The indoor theatre routinely offers 5 short films daily on a rotating schedule. (Click here for film descriptions and schedule.)

Salt Pond Visitor Center is Cape Cod National Seashore's main visitor facility, with frequent orientation movies, a well stocked bookstore, a comprehensive museum, and restroom facilities. The indoor theatre routinely offers 5 short films daily on a rotating schedule. (Click here for film descriptions and schedule.)

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