The gravestones tell a story
At the cemetery there are headstones and memorial stones in memory of dead fishermen and shipwrecked seamen, and the headstones bear witness of the harsh life by the sea. There are headstones featuring old fishing families, and many of them indicate that infant mortality was high and many fishermen died young. In one grave rest the crew of the German ship Concordia, which ran aground close to Vorupør in 1896. You will also find the headstone of Jens Munk Poulsen. He was the driving force of Fiskercompagniet, which helped to develop Vorupør in the late 1800s.
Another headstone has been placed in memory of eight fishermen who died on 26 March 1885. A storm suddenly appeared from the west, and on the violent waves, a rescue boat picked up the crews from two fishing boats. The rescue boat capsized, and eight of ten rescued fishermen drowned. The rescue team survived thanks to their lifebelts and the fishing boats that were ready to assist. This accident was very serious for the fishing village, and afterwards a lot of fishing families turned for comfort to the Home Mission, which is an evangelical branch of the Church of Denmark.