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:

Seagull Island:

Harbour Bench:

Kuwait 10:

The Dolphin:

Based on the Danish island of Bornholm.

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  • Kylie  Sheahen
    Kylie Sheahenover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture, works really well in mono! :)

  • Thank you very much, Kylie. Awfully kind of you.

    – Kofoed

  • traveller
    travellerover 4 years ago

    A sad tail Keld, but beautifully illustrated.

  • Very sad indeed, Ian.
    Thanks very much, really appreciated, mate.

    – Kofoed

  • barkeypf
    barkeypfover 4 years ago

    Well worth you wait Keld. Superb shot.

  • Thanks very much, Paul. Really appreciated.

    – Kofoed

  • Kofoed
    Kofoedover 4 years ago

    Thank you very much to MsCAgius for favouriting this. An honour to me.

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 4 years ago

    Your image would go good in the “Transport Group”: We have a couple of challenges now and we’d love to have you.

  • Thank you very much, George.
    I have joined and added this :-)

    – Kofoed

  • Raider6569
    Raider6569over 4 years ago

    A fine work of photojournalism with the combination of the image and the poignant story. Nice work Keld.

  • Thank you very much, Dave. I really appreciate that.

    – Kofoed

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosover 4 years ago

    What a sad story of days gone by!!! The worst part of ‘getting older’ I think is seeing the changes that take place!! Gives me a real feeling of ‘loss’ somehow!!…beautiful atmpsphere for this image Kofoed!! *-)

  • Thank you so much, Deb. Certainly gives me a feeling of loss, too.
    I really appreciate your nice comments.

    – Kofoed

  • Edwin  Catania
    Edwin Cataniaover 4 years ago

    A Grand Mono which is very well planned. This misty drift you have taken is very professional. I have as yet to try it but Alas in Malta if we get 3 misty days in a whole year we are lucky. BUT THIS IS GREAT WORK WHICH DESERVES TRIBUTE

  • Oh, thank you very much, Edwin. Your wonderful and encouraging comments are greatly appreciated.

    – Kofoed

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful description, and this is a gorgeous photo

  • Thank you very much, Kala. Most kind of you.

    – Kofoed

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you very, very much, Kala. An honour to me.

    – Kofoed

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