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The Herring Museum in Siglufjordur, Iceland

Discussion in 'Miscellany' started by bobhoge, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. There is a fine Herring Fishing Museum in Siglufjordur, Iceland, well worth a visit.

    There is a large collection of old fishing boats and equipment:
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    And all of the shoreside processing equipment, much of it still in the original buildings. Here the units that got the fish oil out of the Herring:
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    Also the cooperage where the wooded barrels were made and the various stencils used on the them:
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    The most entertaining part was a re-enactment of the Herring processing operation. This was a summertime operation... "Herring Girls", mostly younger women came here for a summer job, lived in rooming houses (one is part of the musuem) and cleaned and packed the herring in salt barrels. They were paid by the barrel and most made more money that the fishermen (before entertaining the fishermen :wink:) 

    The "cast of characters" included three Herring Girls, the hard to please Boss, the lecherous knife sharpner, two young amorous helpers that kept the salt and barrels moving, and of course the Herring :biggrin:
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    Probably a lot closer to the way it really was than they care to admit :cool: 
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    They girls did most of the work while the guys slept or watched or abetted crime, no wonder the girls ended up with most of the money. The dialog was all in Icelandic, but you really did not need an interpreter :tongue::
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    You could also see how hard the work was. They could take the head off the Herring and gut it in one move:
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    Then toss the body into the bin:
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    When the bin got full, they then started to pack the Herring in a barrel:
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    Adding salt to each layer using the plate:
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    When it was all done they became entertainers... I don't think I was ever at a museum with a floor show before :cool: :
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    Bob & Nan
     
  2. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Wonderful images
     
  3. Bob and Nan, I enjoyed your PJ series.
    The pictures and narrative are great!

    Virginia
    aka beaucamera
     
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