Such a fine find!

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Following paths new to me, I came across something rather wonderful on my morning walk. Living by the sea I’m used to passing boathouses, and – if possible – I try to steal a glimpse inside.

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But the shacks I encountered today were rather closed off, except for a few small gaps and cracks here and there.

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Peaking inside, I first saw nothing but darkness,

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but gradually, as my eyes accustomed to the darkness, something started to take shape, and to my surprised I discovered that one of the timeworn houses was packed with old wooden boats. Not only were they filling the floor, they were even hanging in ropes from the ceiling.

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Beautiful old wooden Faerings . Traditional. Why they are all are stacked inside this house I have no idea.


Faerings are clinker-built, with planks overlapped and riveted together to form the hull. This type of boat has a history dating back to Viking-era Scandinavia. The small boats found with the 9th century Gokstad ship resemble those still used in Western and Northern Norway, and testify to a long tradition of boat building.


7 thoughts on “Such a fine find!

  1. I have a friend who is a maker of wonderful wooden boats, lapped and clinker and at least one other kind. These are beautiful photos! I do love wooden boats, though I know they are not so practical anymore.

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