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The eventful history of the Cornelia Maersk during WW II

On 5 January 1942, the steamer Cornelia Maersk, en route to Copenhagen from Rotterdam, was bombarded. It was hit by two bombs. A salvage operation failed and the ship sunk. Unconfirmed sources from the time reported that the ship drifted another five nautical miles to the southwest before it sunk in the area where Maasvlakte 2 is presently under construction. There were no casualties. The Cornelia Maersk sailed under the Danish flag.

Marcel van Eeden: 'The Maasvlakte 2 area has virtually no history; it’s like an empty page. As a result, it acquires an extra dimension for me. I take the sinking of the Cornelia Maersk in 1942 as a starting point for a story – giving the area its own history or legend, as it were.' The artist drew his story after extensive historical research. Together, these drawings form a narrative that is a personal interpretation of the events that led to the wreck of the vessel.

From early September 209 till 19 January 2010, a new drawing by Van Eeden could be viewed every day on this page. All previous drawings can be found at the website of Marcel van Eeden. From 22 May till 4 July 2010, the Nederlands Fotomuseum will exhibit the complete series of drawings.

The Maasvlakte 2 Visual Project was set up by the Port of Rotterdam Authority (Project Organization Maasvlakte 2), the Nederlands Fotomuseum and Foundation Art and Public Space (SKOR). The project will run from 2007 to 2013, the year in which the first ship will dock at the new port area.