This is R50, ”Northwind” lying in her berth in Rønne harbour on the island of Bornholm. A classic fishing vessel around here, she is one of a very few survivors. The fishing has more or less been taken over by much larger and much more effective trawlers from other Baltic countries. And they don’t land their catch here. Once a flourishing industy here, the fish processing plants now import the raw material as deep-frozen blocks of fish from Russia!
When I was a boy, this area of the harbour was the busiest place in town. Many vessels like this were sailing in and out the harbour, fork lift trucks were crossing the road constantly, bringing in the catch of cod, herring and plaice to the auction hall in the background. People were coming by, talking to the fishermen about their catch. And the best of it all was the sound of scores of boat engines running idle. They had a very distinct sound with their large long-stroke, one cylinder diesels.
Connected to the auction hall, to the left here, was The South Harbour Cafeteria. I think it was the most prosperous business in town. Serving cheap and solid meals, hundreds of fishermen and harbour workers had a daily meal here. Lots of people from uptown even went down here to have a cheap meal and to join the fishing community for a while.
Today here is very quiet, the surviving 4 or 5 vessels have specialized in catching more exotic species like sea trout, salmon and turbot. And due to quotas and other ristictions, they don’t even go out fishing more than a couple of times a week.
I’ve been hoping for conditions like this for a long time. I wanted a foggy atmosphere to enhance the mood of desolation and decay. The other morning a lovely sea mist around the shores came to my aid.
The Harbour Round Trip Collection:
A Misty View: