A term commonly accepted as meaning a whirlpool, or a great storm. In fact, it is a strong current which rips past the southern end of Moskenaes Island in the Lofoten group off the west coast of Norway. Also known as the Maskenstrom, it is marked on a map of the area which appears in the 1594 edition of an atlas by Gerhardus Mercator, who produced the Mercator projection. The word would appear to come from the Dutch malen, to grind, and strom, stream or current.
Subjects: Maritime History.