This banner has provided the inspiration for the flag of Ærø which is seen today all over the island.When Duke Christian died, Ærø was distributed among four of his brothers, and this offers one explanation of why two towns developed in the island, Ærøskøbing and later on Marstal, and why each came to be in their own "country".
More than 2,000 islanders (a third of the island) travelled to Copenhagen to protest the closing of the historic school.
Ultimately, the government allowed the Maritime School to remain open. It provides a third of Marstal's power consumption.
Ærøskøbing, with its narrow lanes and picturesque 18th-century houses was historically Ærø's chief town, and remains the primary port for ferry connections.
Marstal, also known as the "skipper village", from its being the home of so many sailors and captains, is the island's largest town today and is its principal commercial and shopping centre.
) is one of the Danish Baltic Sea islands, and part of the Southern Denmark Region.