Era of Rowboats

13 03 2013

The nearby Ósvör is replica of a fishing outfit of the rowboat era and is among the oldest of its kind in the country.  Upon the reconstruction of the fishing outfit, great care was taken to follow the original as closely as possible. Starting around the mid-twelfth century, fishermen went out in rowboats of 6, 8, 10, or even 12 men to fish cod. Fishing in Iceland was secondary activity of some farmers and their servants, and was only pursued mainly during the winter season. Fishermen woke up before dawn to put on their sheepskin outfit and get to the fishing grounds by 9am. They would row out for 3-5 hours and then put up the sail on the way back. The fishermen baited and set the long line and then waited in the freezing cold to haul up their catch. The cod was salted and dried before being sent to mainland Europe.

The fishing outfit consists of the Salt House, Fish Sheds, an open, six oared fishing boat, a wooden winch, a fish drying area and tool sheds.  Inside the sheds and fishermen’s lodgings are all the necessary things and gear of the fishermen past, their hide clothing, tools and artifacts.

This is a wooden winch to haul up the boats. The rocks were moved to create a pathway and the rowboats were brought ashore over whale bones!

The fishing outfit consists of the Salt House, Fish Sheds, an open, six oared fishing boat, a wooden winch, a fish drying area and tool sheds.  Inside the sheds and fishermen’s lodgings are all the necessary things and gear of the fishermen past, their hide clothing, tools and artifacts.

The fishing outfit consists of the Salt House, Fish Sheds, an open, a fish drying area and tool sheds. Inside the sheds and fishermen’s lodgings are all the necessary things and gear of the fishermen past, their hide clothing, tools and artifacts.

Most of the fishing stations were in Westfjords, or 125 of the 326 that are known to have been in the country from the beginning of the 18th century.  Those were both home bases and outer bases.  The bases were mostly located where it was a short distance to the fishing grounds. The biggest fishing base was in Bolungarvik. Ósvör is the largest and the oldest fishing base in Ísafjardardjup.

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