Hotel Frederikshavn Seamen’s home was established in 1899 and is therefore currently the oldest seamen’s home.
The thought of a seamen’s home in Frederikshavn came from Captain Søren Thomsen. He was the captain of a wooden ship called Auroritha of Randers. In a hurricane in the West Indies they got into a life and death situation at sea. The experience changed Captain Søren Thomsen and since then he gathered his crew around the words of God.
When he got back to shore, he returned to his childhood town, and there he had the burning desire to do something for the seamen. So, in 1894 he opened a small sailor’s home.
His original thought was that the seamen should have a home outside home, a place to go to when they were at the harbour. It was a home where they did not serve alcohol, and where you could enjoy reading the newspaper and write letters to the family.
But the original property quickly became too small and in 1899 Søren Thomsen moved the seamen’s home to its current location at Tordenskjoldsgade. A property Søren Thomsen had built earlier on.