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  • In order to keep down the size of the Icelandic fishing fleet, which was far to big for our fishing stocks, we had for a long period regulations that forced fishermen to destroy their old boats before building a new one.

    The intention by making these rules were good, but the negative side is that most of the old wooden boats were burned down, when their owners built new modern fiber boats. Fortunately some of the boats survived and are well looked after now.

    For years I enjoyed looking up these boats and make photos of them. It brought back memories of my youth, but when I was 14 I was fishing with my father on a small wooden boat out of the North-West coast of Iceland. He was a fisherman all his live, mostly on trawlers, but his happiest times were when he was angle-fishing on his small boat during the summers.

    Soon after I made this photo “Hafdís” disappeared – lets hope it was rebuilt but not burned down.
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