Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I have not received an email from Per since Sunday morning. He was aboard a sea vessel sailing south, and was due to arrive about midnight yesterday. Probably so tired from carrying floats from boathouses to his vehicle, that he just had to crash. I have written Per. Maybe when I wake up tomorrow morning there will be an email waiting?
Sunday, March 29, 2009
On Saturday Per had a last day to look around the north country with it's abandoned fishing buildings.
I took a closer look into the abandoned area(I love danger and rotted piers).
Left behind was plenty of old fishing nets and polyform buoys, junk and a few glass floats of no interest.
In a part of the fishery district buildings I found old archives in bad shape. They were paperwork from old accounts. I did a fast research and found original glass float receipts dated 1962, from The Bergen fishery gear company, Campell Andersens.
Also found two old originals Polyform bouys with advertising paperwork from 1961.
Next year those old abandoned fishery district buildings will be leveled. The county plan is to possibly burn them down.
I'm leaving tomorrow morning, heading south, and will arrive on monday.
I found 8" Extra RG Made in Portugal floats, and a buoy that was used to find out sea water speed before fishing with a line with many baited hooks. If the water speed was fast, then it was not prudent to put the baited line down.
I had an interview with the owner of the cod liver oil business shown in the photos.
The company name was: H. Guldbrandsen A.S., and located in Snefjord.
The factory was built in 1948, and closed approximately 1970.
Cod livers filled the huge wood-barrels on the top floor. The Cod liver boiler was filled with water, wood and coal were used as fuel to heat the water like a steam boat or train. High pressure steam ran inside the iron tubes, as seen in the pictures, and down into the two huge wood barrels. The steam boiled the cod livers into oil. The finished cod liver product was stored in large tanks.
They have a similar cod liver oil factory at Å. I will look for a text when I visit there!
Have to hit the sack. The vessel arrives in approx. 10 hours, and I have to clean up the mess from my stay here.
The email was sent to me on Saturday night.
The fish bottle photos are from the author's collection. The fish bottles were made in the United States after 1920, and filled with the finest Norwegian Cod Liver Oil. One of the bottles is partially filled with the oil. As far as I'm concerned, the oil can stay there forever! I'll continue my daily dose of extra virgin olive oil.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Per's Expedition started out on such a high note by finding a spectacular and rare shaped float. The great good fortune then turned into days of searching for floats, but aside from having wonderful traveling experiences, float finding took a nose dive.
In the last post's email, Per was bemoaning the bad luck that he was experiencing, and all I wanted to do was reasure him, and to tell him to just listen to his inner voice, and things would work out just fine. Here is Per's email from today:
Today, Friday 27.03.2009-a great day! Superb weather. The sun is shining from a blue heaven and no wind.
Absolutely a perfect day for float research, bird watching and maybe trying some fishing on a modern fishing machine(juksa).
Started this day with a local fisherman who has more than 30-years of experience fishing in Havøysund. This fisherman also has plenty of historical information from the district. He is a great fisherman, who is kind, a pleasure to meet and to be out fishing with. I was able to research, and shoot plenty pictures at sea during the 4 hours on his boat. Wonderful nature and plenty of old and abandoned houses and fishery districts.
We visited the famous bird island named Hjelmsøya and all the abandoned buildings. In the summertime there are as many as 40 sea eagles and other types of eagles living on this island, as well as other interesting sea birds.
People have lived on this island since approximately 1600.
In 5 minutes, two cod fish, great start!
Float finds today:
Had a great meeting with a fisherman. Would have liked to have met his brother, but he was on vacation. I did meet his son and uncle. Two chances for research-one before lunch and one after. The pictures tells more than 1000 words, so take a look below Tom.
Approximately 10 - 15 interesting floats from those two boat houses (looked thru plenty of floats). One three fish float, a few AAsnæs and a few others. Maybe I can shoot a few pictures of floats tomorrow? The floats are stored in my vehicle!
Had a great conversation with a young man, and he told me about plenty of glass floats lying on the top floor out on an abandoned fishery district. He has been out there working. There is a problem is though. I'll need a boat or snowmobile to get there!!
Enjoy the pictures. Sorry about the huge amber teardrop that was damaged.
Sea Eagles nest is on a rock named Hjelmsøystauren.
I often open a file in my mind to a very special book,THE PROPHET by Kahlil Gibran. Gibran's character speaks so beautifully of the need to live with and accept the negative in order to appreciate the positive. After all that Per has been though on his quest, today his life was lifted to wonderful heights. The expedition is fulfilling itself, and will live within Per forever-the good and the bad.
Friday, March 27, 2009
My story for today is:
Kirkenes and the Russian sellers. Asked several Russian sellers about floats...nothing. It seems like rare glass floats are super rare all over the world and the Russian population in the far north does not know a thing about glass floats. This bad luck is funny! I have never had a bad luck like this before...
If something positive does not turn up tomorrow, I will produce a cross identical to the one I found in Ålesund and put in the front seat of my vehicle!
At the market there was a lot of Russian crystal cognac and wine glasses, carafes, eggs, hats, wooden dolls, huge hand made wool socks (bought 6 pair) only $12.00 USD, all kind of Russian-made things...but no floats. I gave away some floats and my cards.
I'm now situated in Havøysund, which is an outer island situated as far north as you can drive by a vehicle. The house I'm in was rented out as a Charity house for fishermen. No longer used by the fishermen, since a new Charity house was built down by the docks.
Very nice landlords here. It is a great place to stay.
I have also been in touch with a few contacts, and have straightened up some problems getting together. Hopefully, will meet with, interview and do some float research tomorrow.
I am a bit tired right now after driving 336 US miles on snow and crystal hard ice roads, with a command car in front of me on the worst parts.
Image is from an abandoned fishery district a few km from my stay here. The state county will do a demolition job on it because it is dangerous for people to walk on the docks etc.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I love the feeling of Sunday. Saturday is sometimes just too noisy and too busy for this "hermit." Perhaps that is why when I worked a regulation job, I always requested days off on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday. Today was a Saturday. It was spent planting more seeds, and having a great time playing with our 7-month old Grandson. He rode on Grandpop's shoulders for the first time this evening, and bounced up and down with glee, holding onto my hair. We became fast friends and buddies today!
The day started out on a dubious note though, when I read the first email from Per, which is as follows:
Weather is no good today as seen on pictures. Did not find anything interesting here but still searching. My vessel from Stamsund back home on 04042009, is having prop damage, and is waiting for new parts. So I dont know what to do! Vessel company is trying to find a replacement. I have to drive or send my vehicle by an earlier or later vessel, and book a flight or something for my self. I feel sorry for Tone since I promised to be back home again for us to celebrate easter. Time will tell, and hopefully vessel parts will arrive?
The best laid plans, often go asunder! After answering Per in the most positive way that I could, the rest of the morning, and early afternoon was spent in a kind of funk. I truly hate having my friend in a pickle, and not being able to be with him. I've got confidence in Per's ability, and tried to tell myself that everything will be fine. Later in the morning, I received the following: