Dating dk Hjørring
The only whale common in Danish waters is the Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocaena.
The whale hunters linked their boats across the rather narrow Little Belt and by beating the sea with sticks and branches they directed the migrating porpoises to low water areas where they could be slaughtered.
As the whale blubber was used for lamps, indoors and outdoors, the arrival of electricity made whale hunting uneconomical.
In the winter of 1854–55, 1742 whales were caught, but a normal winter's catch would be half that or even less.
In the 20th century the hunt was resumed during the two world wars.
Two memorial stones now stand where the hunters landed the whales and where blubber was prepared.
From the mid-19th century small industries started to develop, especially the iron foundry.
The city is surrounded by typical moraine landscape with low hills and valleys created by glaciers during the last ice ages.
Horsens is 50 km (31 mi) south of Aarhus and 30 km (19 mi) north of Vejle, and approximately 200 km (120 mi) from Copenhagen.
The rail link between Middelfart and Nyborg opened in 1865, bringing added prosperity despite the fact that it connected with the ferry from Strib rather than the one from Middelfart.
By the beginning of the 20th century the iron foundry, with about a hundred workers, was the town's main industry.