Britain and Iceland Fight Cod War

Many years back the British and the Icelanders had a bun fight over international fishing rights and how much cod the British could catch and where they could fish. Each side had its own interpretations. Icelandic Coast Guard vessels would close British trawlers and try and cut their trawl nets.  British frigates would interpose themselves in a game of cat and mouse.

 

THE COD WAR: THE ROYAL NAVY ON FISHERY PROTECTION DUTIES OFF THE COAST OF ICELAND 1975 – 1976 (CT 227) In a near miss, the Icelandic gunboat ODINN passes withing feet of the Royal Navy frigate HMS SCYLLA off Iceland. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205191178
THE COD WAR: THE ROYAL NAVY ON FISHERY PROTECTION DUTIES OFF THE COAST OF ICELAND 1972 – 1976 (CT 226) The Icelandic gunboat TYR ploughs past the Royal Navy frigate HMS SCYLLA off Iceland. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205191177
THE COD WAR: THE ROYAL NAVY ON FISHERY PROTECTION DUTIES OFF THE COAST OF ICELAND 1972 – 1976 (CT 236) The Icelandic gunboat ODINN passes within feet of the Roy al Navy frigate HMS SCYLLA. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205191185
THE COD WAR: THE ROYAL NAVY ON FISHERY PROTECTION DUTIES OFF THE COAST OF ICELAND 1972 – 1976 (CT 234) The Icelandic gunboat ODINN ploughs through the seas off Iceland alongside the Royal Navy frigate HMS SCYLLA. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205191183
THE COD WAR: THE ROYAL NAVY ON FISHERY PROTECTION DUTIES OFF THE COAST OF ICELAND 1972 – 1976 (CT 232) The Icelandic gunboat TYR comes dangerously close to the Royal Navy frigate HMS SCYLLA off Iceland. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205191182

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